Sunday, December 15, 2013

Main Theme in One Hundred Years of Solitude

I think Gabriel Garcia Marquez's main argument through One Hundred Years of Solitude was that reality is sometimes more unbelievable than fantasy. He does this through his use of magical realism and his explanation of multiple crazy occurrences. Magical realism links reality to the fantastical, but Gabriel Marquez does not decipher between the two when he uses magical realism. The fantastical occurrences, such as blood trickling for miles and miles through the village, do not seem unrealistic to the Macondonians. Marquez is trying to smudge the line between the real and fantastical by combing the two through his use of magical realism. He also illustrates events such as the banana massacre in his novel. The banana massacre is so monstrous that it seems unreal. Marquez is showing us that sometimes reality is more insane than fiction.

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