Presentation on theme: "By Gabriel Garcia Marquez Jiyu Lin. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Raised by his grandparents in northern Colombia His grandfather was a retired colonel and."— Presentation transcript:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Raised by his grandparents in northern Colombia His grandfather was a retired colonel and his grandmother a fervent storyteller. Studied law for a while, but decided to be a journalist. Wrote numerous editorials, short stories, and five novels, most notably OHYOS and Love in the Time of Cholera Won the Nobel prize for literature in 1982 Married to Mercedes Baracha, and has two sons
Setting Macondo An imaginary village in Latin America Inspired by Marquez‘s hometown Aracataca He once said, “I have never renounced the nostalgia of my homeland: Aracataca, to which I returned one day and discovered that between reality and nostalgia was the raw material for my work.”
Characters Jose Arcadio Buendia – founding father of Macondo, exceptionally intelligent but impractical Ursula Iguaran – Jose Arcadio Buendia’s wife, the steadfast and savvy matriarch of the family Jose Arcadio – first son of the second generation, runs away with a gypsy and becomes a brute Colonel Aureliano Buendia – leaves Macondo to join the Liberal revolution, becomes a war hero Amaranta – only daughter of Jose Arcadio Buendia and Ursula, spends her entire life torn between various men but remains a virgin
Their children Arcadio – takes over Macondo when his uncle leaves, transforms the town into a totalitarian state Aureliano Jose – in love with his aunt Amaranta, is killed by Conservative forces Remedios the Beautiful – empty headed girl with legendary beauty Jose Arcadio and Aureliano II – twin brothers believed to be switched at birth, but then switched back in their graves
Those children’s children Meme – in constant conflict with her controlling mother, gets sent to a convent against her wishes and refuses to speak for the rest of her life Jose Arcadio II – raised to become a priest, but chooses to follow a life of indulgence instead Amaranta Ursula – has an incestuous affair with her nephew Aureliano Aureliano II – Meme’s secret son, forever resented by his grandmother Fernanda Aureliano III – son of the previous two, the last of the Buendia line, fulfills the family prophecy
Plot Jose Arcadio Buendia founds Macondo The people live in isolation from the world, but are happy and safe. His children and grandchildren come and go - joining wars, killing Conservatives, marrying gypsies, eating dirt, leading strikes, falling in love – causing chaos in general.
Themes What is Reality? Literary style called magical realism Realistic events (war, affairs, deaths) highlighted by supernatural events Blurs the line between rational perception and mystical forces The repetition of history