Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Incest and 100 Years of Solitude

When we were discussing all of the incestuous relationships in 100 Years of Solitude, this news story I recently heard of popped into my head. it was about a couple who had been married for a good amount of time, around ten years, had a child together, and had another kid on the way when they found out that they were brother and sister. They have recently decided to stay together. Although I think it's strange, I sympathize with the couple. Imagine being in a long-term, committed, loving marriage and then finding out your spouse is your sibling. It would be difficult to find a solution to the problem. Divorcing the person you love when you are both very much still in love must be heartbreaking.

When looking for the link to this story to post on the blog, I came across the link to this video, about a different couple entirely. (See the link below.) This woman had children of her own, and decided that they should meet her father, their grandfather, whom she had only met twice in her life herself. After getting back in touch with him, she met him in person for the third time ever. She began to fall in love with him and he with her. I do not sympathize with this relationship whatsoever. The fact that they both knew of their blood-ties and yet still had the desire to be a couple is bizarre to say the least. (Oedipus complex, much?) Hopefully if this father-daughter couple end up having a child the kid won't be born with a pig's tale like Amaranta Úrsula and Aureliano Segundo's son. I hear pig tales greatly increase the probability that the child will be eaten by ants.


1 comment:

alex Monier said...

Well, when you think about it, why is incest wrong? I mean other than societal standards there's really nothing wrong with it, so long as love is there. The common argument against it is the fact that it increases the amount of genetic illnesses that might exist in any children produced during the marriage, however, if this is your argument, why can people with sickle cell anemia still get married and whatnot? Why do we let anyone with any sort of genetic deficiency marry and procreate?