One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

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What is the significance of the title relative to the story?  

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The title of Gabriel García Márquez's novel corresponds to isolation and independence at multiple levels: from the personal, through the family, community, and nation, to Latin America and the formerly colonized world.

Doña Ursula, who lives 100 years but is alone because she outlives her contemporaries, best embodies this survival in isolation. She is also a matriarch in a patriarchal world. The many generations of the Buendía family also embody the family's continuity, emphasized by the repeated names.

Colombian independence, which had its centennial in the early 1900s as modernization made inroads into...

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Excellent.  Macondo was a community that sought to establish a setting for indivudal solitude.  Among communities it had withdrawn, so to speak?

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