Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Florentino Ariza

Florentino Ariza (flohr-ehn-TEE-noh ah-REE-sah), a man completely devoted to romantic passion. He is the illegitimate son of a philandering father and a resourceful single mother. While still an adolescent, he falls madly in love with Fermina Daza. When she rejects him after the two have made plans to marry, he sets out on a solitary quest to win back Fermina. He even writes and publishes a book, Lover’s Companion, in celebration of his undying love for Fermina. He tries to improve his social status by quitting his job as a telegraph messenger and going to work for his uncle and the Riverboat Company of the Caribbean. He eventually becomes president of the company. He is consumed by his passionate love for Fermina. At times, because of this passion, he becomes physically sick; at other times, he seems driven nearly to madness, particularly when she rejects him and he engages in sexual affairs to try to forget his love for her. Everything Florentino does must be understood in terms of his love for Fermina. His determination to win her back and consummate their love is fraught with pitfalls, including his own physical decrepitude (he becomes bald, breaks his leg, and is left lame) and the violent deaths of two of his former mistresses. Ultimately, he is rewarded for his persistent love.

Fermina Daza

Fermina Daza (fehr-MEE-nah DAH-zah), the daughter of a mule dealer, a strong-willed woman who submits neither to her father’s domination nor to Florentino’s early attempts to make her his wife. Although she rejects Florentino, she remains in love with him for the more than fifty years that she is married to Dr. Juvenal Urbino, whom she marries because he is of a higher social class. In fact, she judges her husband in comparison with Florentino, finding Urbino passionless and even unmanly. She spends...

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Love in the Time of Cholera Characters

Masquerading as popular romantic fiction. Love in the Time of Cholera presents a familiar cast of players in what would be an...

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Love in the Time of Cholera Character Analysis

Love in the Time of Cholera Florentino Ariza

Florentino Ariza is the novel's principal romantic who lives out the very unmodern concept of a constant heart. A telegraph operator with a...

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Love in the Time of Cholera Fermina Daza

When Florentino first sees Fermina Daza, she is the beautiful, haughty young daughter of a wealthy but disreputable horse dealer. Initially...

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Love in the Time of Cholera Dr. Juvenal Urbino

Soon after Fermina returns from her journey and spurns Florentino she is courted by the town's most eligible bachelor, Dr. Juvenal Urbino. He...

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Love in the Time of Cholera Other Characters

Transito Ariza
The devotion of Transito Ariza, Florentino's mother, a pawn-broker who gave birth to him after an illicit affair,...

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