The phrases: “Love is like falconry," "Love can be learned," and "Honor is love" are ironies. Marquez does not mean to state them as truths. He states them in order to elicit the emotions of anger that arise from the atmosphere and tone of injustice that permeates the novella. If they were true, these phrases would still tell more about the society in which this "love" develops more than they would tell about the act of love itself.
Ultimately, Marquez is saying that, in his society, love is tantamount to forcible action, demands, submission, compliance, and abiding by roles. He is actually stating how wrongly love is perceived in his society.
"Love is like falconry." This phrase is not Garcia Marquez's. It is a phrase he cites from Gil Vicente, the most celebrated dramatist of Portugal.
La caza de amor
es de altanería.
Here is how it is ironic. Falcons are ruthless animals with their prey. To tame a falcon, would be to learn the ancient art of controlling one of the world's most...
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