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(II)] had already understood that he would never leave that room,
for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would
be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the
precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering
the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable
since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned
to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity
As he reads Melquíades’ writings in
the final pages of the novel, Aureliano (II) knows that he will
never leave because the destruction of his family is foretold in
the prophecies; he believes absolutely in the fate that those prophecies
describe. This reference to fate has caused a number of critics
to think of One Hundred Years of Solitude as a
pessimistic book because it seems to say that man has no free will
and that all actions are predetermined.
The description of Macondo as a city of “mirrors (or
mirages)” also provides a great deal of food for thought. In the
final, prophetic scene, mirrors have already been mentioned once,
when Aureliano reads about himself reading about himself and feels
“as if he were looking into a speaking mirror.” A “city of mirrors,”
then, is a city in which everything is reflected in writing. The
written reflection of Macondo exists not only in the prophecies,
but also in One Hundred Years of Solitude itself.
By coupling mirrors with mirages, which are fictional images, García
Márquez invites us to question the reality of Macondo and forces
us to be aware of our own act of reading and imagining the story
of the town.
This emphasis on reading and interpretation is also very
important to this passage. Aureliano has just learned his father’s
name and refers to himself for the first time as “Aureliano Babilonia.”
The reference to the tower of Babel emphasizes language and Aureliano’s role
as a translator and interpreter of the prophecies. García Márquez
attaches supernatural power to the act of interpreting a story,
and he makes reading an action capable of destroying a town and
erasing memory. In doing so, he asks us, as readers, to be aware of
the power of interpretation and also to understand that the creation
and destruction of Macondo have been entirely created by our own
act of reading.
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