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After reading Love in The Time of Cholera I came to conclusion that Florentino Ariza is a perverted wanton Gabriel Marquez examines two opposing ideas of love On the one hand he looks at the love of a wife for a husband she did not initially care for but who she comes to love after the marriage as they get to know each other This is a much more sedate period after the initial wild romance of letter-writing Fermina Daza settles into married life carries out her roles as a wife and mother and attempts to find her place in society The affection she feels towards her husband manifests itself in the meals she cooks for him by sewing buttons on his shirt or in petty arguments and later reconciliation Their lives merge to such an extent that the only time she can realise how much she loves her husband is when they are parted and she sees his image everywhere Florentino Ariza on the other hand turns his back on this form of domesticated love and engages in a string of affairs with women all over the city He keeps a detailed diary of every woman he ever sleeps with and the total at the end of his days is over six hundred He turns to the women out of a need of his own to be with someone and the need of the women concerned to feel loved either because they are widowed or because they feel their husbands are not paying them sufficient attention It is ironic that the only women Florentino fails to seduce are those who he actually falls in love with Along the way Florentino encounters all forms of love happy marriages failed marriages prostitutes young girls needing a father figure those desperate just to be held and loved by anybody the list goes on and on In conclusion Florentino Ariza does not come out to be
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