Gabriel García Márquez’s novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, is an allegorical history which takes place in a world of both science and magic. The work follows six generations of the Buendía family, focusing on how traits are passed between generations, and how each interacts with the world as it develops around the small town of Macondo.
Márquez illustrates the magical realism of his world by adapting styles and themes from previous literary movements, namely surrealism, modernism, existentialism and naturalism, with his own personal style in order to express his original ideas. In this way, he brings Latin American literature of the past forward, creating a synergy with his own personal style.
This presentation examines the way in which Gabriel García Márquez adapts the writing of his predecessors by comparing and contrasting works from the various literary movements with his own writing in One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Robert Porter, ’14
Saint Paul, MN
Majors: Economics and Business, Spanish
Sponsor: Carol Lacy-Salazar