I mentioned in class today how Macondo, named the city of mirrors, really acts like a mirror. A mirror reflects a clear image. When one looks into a mirror, they see a reflection of themselves. In 100 Years, there are so many characters with repeating names (e.g. Jose Arcadio, Aureliano, Remedios). Johnston said in his article, "Once a person has been named then the major characteristics of his or her life have been determined, and the person is doomed to repeat the events of the lives of their ancestors" (6). Time in Macondo is cyclical. The Buendia family history is obsessively circular. The characters in this book experience the same events as the characters with the same names before them. It is as if they looked into a mirror and instead of seeing them as themselves, they see a reflection of their ancestors because they are essentially the same person. There is not a large sense of individual identity in this book. Macondo is reflecting like a mirror in the sense that it reflects repeating history.