One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Pursuing Acceptance in Solitude
The concept of solitude has several different interpretations. For some, the status is one of composure and acceptance; for others it may be one of loneliness and contempt. In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez uses solitude as a reoccurring theme connecting the generations of the Buendia family. The characters experience troubling misfortunes and faux pas that change their perspectives on life. Ultimately, these life changes allow the characters to cease progression and reach a state of solitude, for example, through the generations, the Buendias progress in their abilities to accept fate.
On the one hand, Solitude preserves feelings of regrets and scorn in the Buendias. The characters experience terrible tragedies in Macondo, which have an insightful effect on the characters’ lives.
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