Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Paper # 4


"[Amaranta Ursula] spoke to [Gaston] of Macondo as the brightest and most peaceful town on earth, an of an enormous house, scented with oregano, where she wanted to live until old age with a loyal husband and two strong sons who would be named Rodrigo and Gonzalo, never Aureliano and José Arcadio, and a daughter who would be named Virginia and never Remedios." (One Hundred Years 409-10)

Explain the main themes of the novel that can be found in this quote, and the way in which the character of Amaranta Ursula fits and at the same time breaks the stereotypes of the Buendía family that have been developed at this point in the novel. You can also consider discussing the image of Macondo, as portrayed by Amaranta Ursula's memories, and its correspondence with the reality of the town at different points during the novel.