Thursday, August 23, 2012
Why is Remedios the Beauty in this book?
We talked about how Macando in its early years resembles a Utopian or Eden-like society. I was wondering which you chose to view as the dominant influence in the novel: communism or Christianity. It is my understanding that Marquez is a friend of Fidel Castro, and we can infer from this that likely holds to certain communist principles. Some other examples possible examples of his communist inclinations could be the less than warm reception the town gives the priest when he first arrives, in keeping with Marxist aversion towards religion, and the people's disdain towards the imperialist (and capitalist) fruit company. Were it not for the pressence of Remedios in this novel, I wouldn't be bringing up this topic. In my opinion, Remedios appears to be an overtly religious figure. The fact that she doesn't understand nakedness seems very similar to how Adam and Eve didn't realize they were naked before the fall. Not only does this religious symbolism conflict with the communistic aspects of the novel but she also seems to be an outlier in the Buendia family. She doesn't share any of the eccentricities or obsessions of the other Buendias and consequently seems to break the cyclical time flow in the novel. Any thoughts as to why Marquez put her in the story?