Analysis Of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years Of Solitude

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A Postcolonial reading of any text helps us understand how literature reflects and shapes global issues. It helps us acquire different prospective on the same story also giving us information on history, human experience, human emotions and cultures. Further helping us find a common thread in two different cultures. When any postcolonial writer produces any piece of literature it usually depicts the hybridity in the specific geographical region, the hybridity in the language, in the living and even in the identity. One Hundred Years of Solitude, originally known as ‘Cien Años de Soledad’ is a 1967 novel written by Gabriel García Márquez. This epic tale of seven generations of the Buendia family is a reflection of political ideas that apply…show more content…
The analogy between the founding father of Macondo and authorship has another dimension. The establishment of this fictional town is in itself a postcolonial trait as it clearly shows that Marquez was actually trying to depict the history of Latin America through Macondo. It is also an allegory of the cultural, social and political life of Latin America. It enacts the process of founding a new kind of society unknown to Western Culture. The limits of Macondo trace a social allegory, showing that the energies, which are frustrated in the reality of Latin America, can be released in fiction and that fiction can stave off the inhibitions on which society is founded. The story is not only told but chronicled, and the chronicler stands between the stage of oral transmission and authorship. Melquíades lives apart but shares the life of the family. He acts as their memory, but the moment when his chronicle can be read and deciphered by a reader is also the moment when a…show more content…
This genre encompasses a range of different concepts with an inclusion of mythical elements in the rational world. M.H. Abrams in his “A Glossary of Literary Terms” explains magical realism as an “interweave, in an ever-shifting pattern, a sharply etched realism in representing ordinary events and descriptive details together with fantastic and dreamlike elements, as well as with materials derived from myth and fairy tales.” One Hundred Years of Solitude is filled with such illusions like, the Priest who levitated after drinking chocolate, the sky crying a rain of yellow flowers on the death of José Arcadio Buendía., Mr. Herbert’s the one in the captive-balloon business not being successful in taking anyone up in Macondo because they considered that invention backward after having seen and tried the gypsies flying carpets., Remedios ascension to heaven, the trail of blood of José Arcadio which flowed from his bedroom, went out into the streets, passed along the streets of the Turks, entered the Buendía house even hugged the wall as not to stain the rugs and finally stopped in the kitchen where Úrsula was working and many more of such

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