Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Foundational Literature Analytical Essay by steph202

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Foundational Literature
An analysis of how the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez is foundational to the Colombian national consciousness.
# 59211 | 1,053 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | GB
Published on Jun 07, 2005 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Spanish) , Latin-American Studies (General)

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This paper discusses Colombian situation by mentioning Benedict Anderson's work, "Imagined Communities". It then examines how Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" creates a myth of Colombian history and how its magical realism expresses Latin American collective consciousness.

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"Marquez has long expressed an aim to write what he refers to as 'the true history of Colombia'. One Hundred Years of Solitude may not have any factual basis, although it does contain fictionalized versions of actual historical events, but it is a response to the inadequacy of official history and a myth of the history of Colombia. It begins with the founding of an Eden-like Macondo in an innocent and 'magical' time and follows its progression through the stories of various generations of the Buendias till its eventual destruction by a great wind. It is a myth of evolution, of progress, and of the loss of innocence of a whole society. It begins in an era where magic is possible, and follows the loss of this magic to science and technology. "

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