One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez

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Discuss the endurance of the Buendia women in contrast to the Buendia men. Include the reasoning behind your observations.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez is a novel focused on the life of the Buendia family. There are many themes in this novel but one that stands out throughout the novel with constant debates is the theme of the contrast between the Buendia men and the Buendia women. As the family moves through different generations there is a constant repetition of this theme which follows through till the end, showing how Marquez has a strong opinion to this theme which he reveals with the ending of the novel.

The theme of the Buendia men and women is also tied with biblical references such as that of Adam and Eve. Adam and eve where the first humans on earth who were expelled from the garden of Eden just like Jose Arcadio Buendia and Ursula who were also exiled to some extent for the reason that they were relatives and were married.

Another similarity between these two themes is how Ursula and Jose Arcadio Buendia after moving started a new life somewhere else later known as Macondo which refers to Adam and Eve being parents to everyone mainly to Christianity, Jewish and Islamic religions.

Adam means "man" and this associates to the character of Jose Arcadio Bundia who is strong physically and was very smart seen through his numerous experiments and theories which he came up with. Adam even though he was very gifted he did not have a strong character seen by how when offered the "apple" by eve even though God had told him not to he decided to do it anyway, this is trait is shown all through out the Buendia male family tree.

Eve means...