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One Hundred Years of Solitude: Relationship between Ursual and Jose Arcadio Buendia

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One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Relationship between Ursual and Jose Arcadio Buendia

In literature, a central relationship can bond a group, and serve as a measure of the vitality of the society that it bonds. One such monumental relationship is that between Ursual and Jose Arcadio Buendia in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. In the chosen passage, the author uses imagery, metaphors, and characterization to illustrate their relationship, establishing a preview of their future relationship, harboring its development into the measure of stability of that society.

As the passage opens, the reader is immediately made aware of Jose
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Jose Arcadio Buendis's diligence and dedication to the task at hand become very apparent from the beginning of the passage. He is dedicated enough to isolate himself in his laboratory, totally focusing on how he can improve life in Macondo. Jose Arcadio Buendia, while in his isolation, pours his heart unto his plans. He spent months doing nothing but using his intellect, desire, and dedication to build his detailed, ingenious plans. Although he does sense defeat and decides to pack up his laboratory equipment, he never does give up the hope that one day, he will lead Macondo's citizens into a glorious life, flourishing because of his strong intellect and natural ability. On the contrary to Buendia's emotionally driven personality, Ursula's logic and sensibility provide another instrumental part of this momentous relationship. The interplay of the two in this passage, definitely illustrative of their relationship later in the novel, is based upon these traits. Oftentimes, Jose Arcardio Buendia has a wild scheme or a plan to improve their lives, and Ursulas logic is very vital to these dreams. Although she knows that his plans are mostly wild rants, she supports him and encourages him to express himself. She watched him with "innocent attention" and "felt pity" for Buendia, because even though
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