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In One Hundred Years of Solitude one largely recognizable theme that Gabriel Garciacutea Maacuterquez presents is the role of religion Garciacutea Maacuterquez repeatedly ridicules the extreme value Latin American culture has placed in organized religion He also depicts the negative effects the outside religion and technology had on Latin American traditional culture In One Hundred Years of Solitude the character Fernanda del Carpio embodies the rigidity of Catholicism the major religion of Latin America It is this outsider a zealous Catholic who brings the Buendiacutea homestead under an iron-fist rule with strict religious practices However Garciacutea Maacuterquez expresses his animosity with organized religion when he first introduces Fernanda illustrating her arrival The carnival had reached its highest level of madness when on the swamp road a parade of several people appeared carrying in a gilded litter the most fascinating woman that imagination could conceive 217 The manner in which Fernanda is brought in and idolized elevated on a golden couch amongst the heathenish carnival reflects Garc Ms views on the invasion of Christianity into Latin America Fernandas rigid rule and forced participation echoes the destruction of the traditional cultural beliefs The hypocrisy in the event of the most strictly religious character being named the queen of a barbaric out-of-control carnival ridicules organized religion Garc M frequently uses miracles in One Hundred Years of Solitude to further express the hypocrisy he finds with religion and social constructs of Latin America Throughout the text seemingly miraculous happenings occur that to the people of Macondo are normal and accepted and yet the Buend find modern technological discoveries confusing Garc M uses the arrival of the telephone as a humorous miracle depicting It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the limits of reality lay It was an intricate stew of truths and mirages that convulsed the ghost
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