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    Solitude and Isolation Themes Expressed by Violence in One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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    In five pages this paper examines how the author thematically employs violence to express isolation and solitude in the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    themes throughout to help highlight the theme of isolation and solitude experienced by the community of Macondo in the book. One motif used is that of violence which reoccurs throughout  the history of the community. The violent cycles within the work increase in their destructive nature but after each occurrence, the community suppresses the memories of the violence. This suppression  of memories further isolates the community from reality and the outside world and they eventually create a society based on their own fantasies. Although violence is not meant to be  a central focus of the book Marquez is very explicit in the details of the violence which does occur partly to awaken the reader to events which actually have occurred  in the history of Columbia and which have been rewritten and suppressed in their own account but also to show to what extent the suppression of such violence can add  to the solitude of a community and its characters. Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (Cien anos de soledad) in  1967 and it became one of the best read novels in the Spanish language since World War II (Blutstein, 1991). In it Marquez tells the life of a family in  the imaginary town of Macondo in Columbia. The characters experience a cyclical pattern of revolutions and exposure to outside conveniences throughout the work but overall they are isolated from the  outside world and their situation changes little. Their reality becomes altered because of their isolation and often violent and horrible events are considered a way of life within their own  culture (Blutstein, 1991). Despite the vitality of the family in the story, their solitude brings about a tremendous sense of irony as it is mixed with anger, violence and eventually 

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