The Magic of One Hundred Years of Solitude Essay

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The Magic of One Hundred Years of Solitude

The mystical town of Mocondo brings new hope, fantasy and a never ending ride for the people who live there. Jose Arcadio Buendia, the main character in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), yearns for a life of magic and new discovery, so in his seeking he uncovers the town of Mocondo. "...A village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs" (1). He watches the rise and fall of his town over the period of almost one hundred years before he passes on. The town sees everything from gypsies and their startling discoveries to war and its
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His book is full of passages such as the one just mentioned. This book really grabs your attention, and puts you right in the scene of what is happening. One such model is when a woman is getting her head cut off in the common area of the town. This is very easy to imagine, especially since the time set is in the 1800's, however, what is not so easily swallowed is that she has "...her head chopped off every night at this time for one hundred and fifty years..." (36). This was shocking to hear, because it is effortless to become caught up in the scene.

As the book goes on, it does not loose its touch of fantasy. The author upholds his magical realism, even in the town's time of war. Another strange episode occurs on page 333. It had been raining for weeks on end in the small town of Macondo, and the war had started to sweep the town into depression. Soldiers of the other side would patrol the streets and play with the children, but when asked if anything had happened in that solitary town, they denied everything.

"You must have been dreaming," the officers insisted.

"Nothing has happened in Macondo, nothing has never

happened, and nothing ever will happen. This is a

happy town."

Although a person reading this would know better than the characters being told this, that
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