"One Hundred Years of Solitude" Book Review

"One Hundred Years of Solitude"
An analysis of the death of Jose Arcadio in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's' "One Hundred years of Solitude".
# 113159 | 1,944 words | 0 sources | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 22, 2009 in Literature (Spanish) , Literature (General)

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The paper discusses the mysterious death of the character, Jose Arcadio, in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude", and who may of murdered him and why. The writer suggests that, although the character, Rebeca, has an alibi, she has a motive and, as she has already shot and killed a thief, this is an indication that she has the capability to kill. The paper also discusses the theme of solitude and states that solitude is a of lack of communication and is easily understood why people choose this in order to be alone.

From the Paper:

''The mystery of the death lies in the 'how' and 'why', neither of which we have any significant clues about. Looking at the 'how' first, a number of reasons are plausible - Rebeca might have murdered Jose Arcadio, someone else might have murdered him, he might have committed suicide, the gun might have suddenly come alive and shot him, etc. But out of all of these scenarios, we tend to suspect Rebeca the most. Even before we fully realize Jose Arcadio death, hints of Rebeca's involvement start appearing; her alibi comes even before the death itself, and even though the narrator has made several omniscient comments earlier in this passage ("Not all news was good" (131) and "No one knew ..." (131) both encompass all of Macondo), when it comes to Rebeca's innocence, the narrator only tells us what Rebeca herself claims - "Rebeca later declared ..." (131) The next sentence, "It was a difficult version to believe, ..., and no one could think of any motive for Rebeca to murder the man who had made her happy" (131) continues to suggest Rebeca's guilt. Even though no mention of Jose Arcadio death has been made yet, the narrator has already started leading us toward judging Rebeca's guilt: doubting her story but also wondering why she would kill her husband."'

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