“Races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on this earth (Marquez 417),” Gabriel Garcia Marquez makes these powerful last words in One Hundred Years of Solitude ring true. Marquez demonstrates through many examples that human beings cannot exist in isolation. In order for the race to survive, people must be independent. Examples of solitude are found throughout the one hundred year life of the Buendia family and Macondo. Solitude in OHYOS reveals both physical and emotional aspects by being shown individually, geographically, and romantically. Although they have no control over it, the intent of the characters reflects the want to remain alone. Their destiny signifies the forgotten and alone.
OHYOS begins with geographic isolation. Jose Arcadio Buendia shouts, “God damn it! Macondo is surrounded by water on all sides! (Marquez 12).” The idea of Macondo being an island embraces irrelevance. The town illustrates itself cut off from the rest of the world. Ursula and Jose Arcadio Buendia are looking for solitude. By founding Macondo, Jose Arcadio Buendia was escaping from murdering Prudencio Aguilar. Eventually forcing them to retreat, Aguilar’s ghost haunts them.
The family seems to remain very involved within it. Much of this portrays Spanish culture. To find many generations of the same family living in one house demonstrates it not being uncommon in Spanish-speaking countries. The Buendia house always has various relatives within it. By asserting not being the only explanation, the incest of the family criticizes a theme throughout the novel and symbolizes a significant factor in the solitude of this family. The family eventually detaches and isolates because they rarely turn to others to branch out. Occasionally, the family poisoned with the fate of solitude does reach out. By interacting with this family, those will share in its unfortunate fate. By being the sexual companion of two of the Buendia boys, Pilar Ternera strengthens the significance of being first. Pilar spends the rest of her life alone following this sexual interaction. With another generation, the same pattern complements Petra Cotes. Remedios Moscote demonstrates another example. Paired with Aureliano Buendia, she exemplifies being an outsider. She dies unexpectedly and violently soon after their marriage and so it goes for all those this family’s deathly solitude infects.
To separate him from the others, each Buendia has individual qualities and attributes. No one understands anyone but himself and every person undermines an enigma to everyone else. Even though Ursula indicates alone in her understanding, she implies an exception to this statement. After the wars Colonel Aureliano Buendia becomes almost cryptic, even though he depicts puzzling from the moment he’s born. By showing no emotion, he keeps to himself. Rebeca holes herself up in her home after Jose Arcadio’s violent death. She refuses to come out and is forgotten;...