Aureliano: A Name with no Fortune in the Novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’

Hilal Ahmad Dar


Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is “filled with haunting creatures” and represents the solitude and misery of the inhabitants of Macondo. As, the establishment of Macondo is based on guilt of incest, it is this incest which is the cause of solitude of its inhabitants. Throughout we see generations of Buendia’s suffering a similar fate. The present paper proposes to highlight that how a name decided the fate of a family and will highlight the prickly solitude which became a legacy for all the Aureliano’s and ultimately the cause of their doom. It will focus on a particular generation of the Buendia family namely Aureliano’s who succumb to a hundred years of solitude. As the town of Macondo is isolated and alienated from the outside world similar is the case with all the persons who possess the name of Aureliano in the town of Macondo. The persons with the name of Aureliano are said to have a solitary air and we see Aureliano after Aureliano succumbing to a similar fate.

Keywords: haunting creatures, solitude, Macondo, incest, fate, legacy, Aureliano, succumb.

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