Friday, September 4, 2015
I think it is very interesting that in both novels we have read repetition seems to be a big theme. The Unbearable Lightness of Being starts off talking about eternal return. If you forgot, it talks about how human existence doesn't matter at all compared the infinite time. ULoB also talks about how humans are never happy because they live a linear life, but Karenin is happy because he lives the same live over and over again every day. I was thinking of this idea when I was writing my response to Abbey's post about the town of mirrors. If everyone in 100 years is reliving their ancestors lives, then shouldn't they have learned from their ancestors mistakes? If they learned from their ancestors, the family would be happy because they live such a circular life! I fell like the longer life goes on for the Buendia family, the more depressed they become. This is because they haven't learned from their mistakes. I believe if they would have paid a bit more attention to their ancestors' choices, the family and the town wouldn't have been swept up by the wind.