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1. In what ways can One
Hundred Years of Solitude be seen as a fable about the
history of human civilization?
2. How does García Márquez use
symbolism in One Hundred Years of Solitude? To
what extent does the novel function as a network of symbols, allegories,
and parables; to what extent can it stand on its own as a narrative?
3. One Hundred Years
of Solitude is a vastly ambitious book, attempting to bridge
many dualisms and appeal to many audiences: it is both general and
particular, both realistic and magical. Is the book successful in
its attempts to encompass such a vast scope of experiences and voices?
What are the narrative shortcomings of One Hundred Years
4. With which character in One
Hundred Years of Solitude do you most identify? Why? Is
there any character in the novel who is wholly admirable, anyone
who is wholly evil?
5. What do you think is the novel’s
understanding of human nature? Is it a fundamentally optimistic
novel? To what extent does García Márquez believe that love is possible?
6. To what extent is the novel’s
title, One Hundred Years of Solitude, an important
commentary on the narrative in the book? What connections does the
book make between knowledge and solitude? Is solitude an unavoidable
condition of human nature?
7. To what extent do you think
that One Hundred Years of Solitude is a novel particularly
concerned with Latin American culture and politics? To what extent
is it a novel designed to appeal broadly to all readers?
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