He grew up with his maternal grandparent — his grandfather was a pensioned colonel from the civil war at the beginning of the century. He went to a Jesuit college and began to read law, but his studies were soon broken off for his work as a journalist. Besides his large output of fiction he has written screenplays and has continued to work as a journalist.
For years the town is solitary and unconnected to the outside world with the exception of the annual visit of a band of gypsies, who show the townspeople technology such as magnetstelescopes and ice.
Ultimately he is driven insane, speaking only in Latinand is tied to a chestnut tree by his family for many years until his death. Eventually Macondo becomes exposed to the outside world and the government of newly-independent Colombia.
He becomes an iconic revolutionary leader, fighting for many years and surviving multiple attempts on his life, but ultimately becomes tired of war and signs a peace treaty with the Conservatives.
Disillusioned, he returns to Macondo and spends the rest of his life making tiny goldfish out of gold in his workshop. The railroad comes to Macondo, bringing in new technology and many foreign settlers.
An American fruit company constructs a banana plantation outside the town and builds Gabriel garcia marquez own segregated village across the river. This ushers in a period of prosperity that ends in tragedy as thousands of striking plantation workers are massacred by the Colombian army, an incident based on the real life Banana Massacre of He decodes an encryption left behind in a manuscript by Melquiades generations ago.
As he reads the manuscript, a hurricane destroys all trace of Macondo's existence. The protagonists are controlled by their pasts and the complexity of time. Throughout the novel the characters are visited by ghosts.
The ghosts and the displaced repetition that they evoke are, in fact, firmly grounded in the particular development of Latin American history". The narrative seemingly confirms fatalism in order to illustrate the feeling of entrapment that ideology can performatively create.
Yellow and gold are the most frequently used colors and they are symbols of imperialism and the Spanish Siglo de Oro. Gold signifies a search for economic wealth, whereas yellow represents death, change, and destruction.
It is the reason for the location of the founding of Macondo, but it is also a symbol of the ill fate of Macondo. Higgins writes that, "By the final page, however, the city of mirrors has become a city of mirages. Macondo thus represents the dream of a brave new world that America seemed to promise and that was cruelly proved illusory by the subsequent course of history.
It could be said that the novel is one of a number of texts that "Latin American culture has created to understand itself. This archive narrates the story of a Latin America discovered by European explorers, which had its historical entity developed by the printing press.
The Archive is a symbol of the literature that is the foundation of Latin American history and also a decoding instrument. He flirts with alchemy and astronomy and becomes increasingly withdrawn from his family and community.
She exhibits a very strong character and often succeeds where the men of her family fail, for example finding a route to the outside world from Macondo. He marries his adopted sister Rebeca, causing his banishment from the mansion, and he dies from a mysterious gunshot wound, days after saving his brother from execution.
During the wars he fathered 17 sons by unknown women,  all named Aureliano. Four of them later begin to live in Macondo, and in the span of several weeks all of them but one including those who chose not to remain in Macondo are murdered by unknown assassins, before any of them had reached thirty-five years of age.
The future Colonel Aureliano falls in love with her, despite her extreme youth. She dies shortly after the marriage from a blood poisoning illness during her pregnancy.
Until soon before the Colonel's death, her dolls are displayed in his bedroom.
Amaranta dies a lonely and virginal spinsterbut comfortable in her existence after having finally accepted what she had become. She arrives carrying a canvas bag containing her parents' bones and seems not to understand or speak Spanish.
After his mysterious and untimely death, she lives in seclusion for the rest of her life. When the Liberal forces in Macondo fall, Arcadio is shot by a Conservative firing squad. He is eventually shot to death by a Conservative captain midway through the wars.
Centeno stay in Macondo and become a permanent part of the family. Eventually, as revenge against the Colonel, all are assassinated by the government, which identified them by the mysteriously permanent Ash Wednesday cross on their foreheads.
The only survivor of the massacre is A. Amador, who escapes into the jungle only to be assassinated at the doorstep of his father's house many years later.
She rejects clothing and beauty.About Gabriel García Márquez: Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist.
Gar 4/5(K). Gabriel García Márquez was born on 6 March in Aracataca, Colombia, to Gabriel Eligio García and Luisa Santiaga Márquez Iguarán. Soon after García Márquez was born, his father became a pharmacist and moved, with his wife, to Barranquilla, leaving young Gabriel in Aracataca.
He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Doña Tranquilina Iguarán and Colonel Nicolás Ricardo Márquez.
Gabriel García Márquez (the subject of today's Google Doodle) was born 91 years ago—on March 6, —and grew up in Aracataca, Colombia, a hardscrabble banana town that was barely a stop on. Apr 10, · “Our independence from Spanish domination did not put us beyond the reach of madness,” said Gabriel García Márquez in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
García Márquez, who died yesterday at the age of 87, refers of course to all of Spain’s former colonies in . The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as "magical realism.".
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