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Time For the characters in the novel time alternatively moves quickly and stagnates for years In general children grow up quickly but when they are adultsltparticularly the male adultslttime abandons them leaving them to sit with their own nostalgia and bitterness for years on end Time abandons Colonel Aureliano Buendia after the civil wars and Jose Arcadio Segundo both of them locked in Melquiades laboratory refusing to join the living moving world In her later years when Ursula considers her family time appears to be moving in a circle New children turn out to be like their ancestors only horribly exaggerated in some flaw or strength Time is indeed moving in a circle in this book but instead of expanding outward it is collapsing in on the Buendia family as their eventual demise draws closer Marquezs point is that time moves in circles and cycles and people are not always progressing Solitude The words solitude or solitary appear on almost every page of this novel Characters Jose Arcadio Buendia Amaranta Ursula Aureliano Jose Arcadio Segundo--are left completely alone even forgotten for years at a time Buendia men named Aureliano are said to have a solitary air And the town itself is isolated and alienated from the outside world At the very end of the book the narrator concludes that the Buendias are a race condemned to solitude and therefore they will not get a second chance Marquez intends for the theme of solitude to be read in many different ways It is a protest against the practice of the Western world to condemn people of color to solitude denying them access to the resources of the developed world It is also a comment on the nature of manlta comment that too much solitude can be destructive both to individuals and to society at large Incest Incest is a secondary theme of solitude It plays an enormous role in the novel from the
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