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One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The Unfortunate Buendia Family Vice

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The Unfortunate Buendia Family Vice Candidate #: 001054104 Any average person is accustomed to occupying him/herself with something to do when in a state of ennui. It is a cause of several different factors and plays a key role in what one chooses to do to keep him/herself busy. An individual may choose to pace back and forth around the whole house for a number of reasons. He/she may be bored and simply have nothing else to do, or anxious and expecting something shocking or he/she may be trying to avoid something. These various examples are some of the many causes of what the individual will do, which, in this case is, pace back and forth. This ties into the book, One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, where the characters "fall into the vice of building to take apart" (321). Nevertheless, it is elicited by different reasons and the characters merely seem to reach the same conclusion. The characters in the book approach distinct situations in the course of their life but all fall into the same vice in order to assuage their dilemma. ...read more.


Colonel Aureliano Buendia is a commemorating individual of Macondo who lives a long and active life, although, spends the latter half of it in solitude. His only concern in life soon becomes the business of making little gold fishes. He remains in his workshop, absorbed in the work in which he works on non-stop. He puts a ton of effort into the intricate details of "linking scales, fitting minute rubies into the eyes, laminating gills, and putting on fins" (204). This focus limits Colonel Aureliano Buendia from thinking about anything else, such as the disillusionment of the war. Another way in which he avoids the thought of war and his military years is by melting down the fishes he has created to start creating them again. This illustrates the cycle of solitude that the Buendia family members are destined to. Colonel Aureliano Buendia chooses this life of solitude by dedicating all of his time into making little gold fishes. This impacts him in numerous ways, for example, by making his back crooked from focusing too much to the miniature details and it isolates him from everyone and everything in his life. ...read more.


It further presents the cycle of how he falls out of the vice but, readily, returns to it. Jose Arcadio Segundo reaches the point in his life where, generally, building to take apart is the only lasting way to occupy oneself for the remainder of life. Aureliano Segundo soon begins to show signs of this domestic vice. He goes around the house repairing things that are broken and he constantly puts in latches and repairs clocks. This provokes Fernanda into discovering the inherited trait and a motif of the book, of falling into the vice of building to take apart. She realizes the other members of the Buendia family have been affected by it and she fears Aureliano Segundo, too, may be falling into it. However, falling into the vice refers to coming to a dead end in the person's life. Many members of the family reach this dead end, including Amaranta, Colonel Aureliano Buendia, and Jose Arcadio Segundo. They conclude the entirety of their life in this cycle of repetition. Overall, the characters each fall into a cycle where they repeat the same actions over and over as a result of a lingering and persistent issue. These cycles are embodied throughout the book, with different members of the Buendia family and in different generations. ...read more.

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