Memory has been a big theme in many of the books that we've read this year. Morrison's usage of memory in Beloved somewhat reminds me of Marquez's usage of memory in One Hundred Years of Solitude.
In both novels, oral tradition and the background of the characters is very important. Both authors were fascinated by their history being passed down through oral stories. I think that this contributes to the way the two novels are styled. Bonnie mentioned in class that she noticed Morrison will mention a character by name multiple times before she actually explains who they are. This style choice echoes oral story telling because when retelling oral stories, the listeners would be familiar with the stories and characters in them. Beloved is also not written in chronological order, just like One Hundred Years of Solitude. Similarly, when stories are being told orally, they aren't told in perfect chronological order every time. A person may forget a detail and then have to return to the point they were previously making in order to more fully explain.
Although the style of Beloved and One Hundred Years of Solitude are similar, I do think the way the two authors treat memory is quite different. In One Hundred Years of Solitude, memory is revered. The importance of memory is revealed when the town becomes infected with insomnia and the people in it begin to lose their memories. However, in Beloved, people, especially Sethe, try to forget the painful memories of their past as a coping mechanism.