One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

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What is the meaning of solitude in the novel 100 year of solitude?

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One Hundred Years of Solitude operates in several dimensions, and “solitude” can occupy a central place in any of them. Macondo is a tiny town with a heavy burden: a microcosm of the author’s native Colombia, of Latin America, and even the entire “underdeveloped” world, its name has become a metaphor for post-independence, neocolonial neglect and exploitation. At the other extreme, each character experiences solitude in particular ways, so it can be taken literally as their physical condition. Emotionally and psychologically as well, solitude can stand for alienation as the existential status of modern humans.

Macondo experiences the changes of modern society, but irregularly. When García Márquez introduces modern elements, he often presents them as fantastic, or exaggerates some of their qualities in the eyes of the people who first behold but do not understand them. As time passes and capitalism, epitomized by the banana plantation, takes firm hold, its benefits do not reach...

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