One Hundred Years of Solitude Notes
• In the introduction, “The world was so recent that many things lacked names” (Marquez
1) is a clear reference to the creation of the world, described in the beginning of the Bible
• In Chapter 2 when Jose Arcadia Buenidia kills Prudencio Aguilar and is kicked out of Riohacha, it is reminiscent of when Cain kills Abel and as a result is kicked out of Eden
• Jose Arcadia Buenidia and Úrsula are likened to Adam and Eve, as they are the founders of the village
• Jose Arcadia Buenidia’s curiosity with science is similar to Adam’s curiosity regarding the forbidden fruit (apple)
• The tree that Jose Arcadia Buenidia is fastened to is representative of the Tree of Knowledge from which Adam picks the forbidden fruit in the Bible.
• The scene in which Remedios ascends into the sky, “...Fernanda felt a delicate wind of light pull the sheets out of her hands and open them up wide. Amaranta felt a mysterious trembling in the lace on her petticoats and she tried to grasp the sheet so that she would not fall down at the instant in which Remedios the Beauty began to rise. Úrsula, almost blind at the time, was the only person was the only person who was sufficiently calm to identify the nature of that determined wind and she left the sheets to the mercy of the light as she watched Remedios the Beauty waving good-bye in the midst of the flapping sheets that rose up with her, abandoning with her the environment of beetles and dahlias and passing through the air with her as four o’clock in the afternoon came to an end, and they were lost forever with her in the upper atmosphere where not even the highest-flying birds of memory could reach her” (Marquez 236) is the same as the instances of Jesus, Elijah, and the Virgin Mary in the Bible
• Aureliano “put the child in the basket that his mother had prepared for him, covered the face of the corpse with a blanket...” (Marquez 413) as she could not care for him while in...