Love in the Time of Cholera

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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América Vicuña Character Analysis

América is fourteen when she first meets her legal guardian, Florentino Ariza, in the city. Florentino initiates a sexual relationship with her, which highlights his underlying immorality despite his romantic persona. Although Florentino considers sex devoid of rules and moral obligations, he does not understand the power dynamics between him, an experienced old man, and an innocent teenager. As a result, Florentino remains blind to América’s sadness, frustration and anger when he terminates their relationship after three years to devote his energies to Fermina Daza. América’s suicide at age 17, after Florentino leaves her, highlights the extent to which her relationship with him has devastated her, and suggests that Florentino might have played a greater role in this tragedy than he cares to realize.

América Vicuña Quotes in Love in the Time of Cholera

The Love in the Time of Cholera quotes below are all either spoken by América Vicuña or refer to América Vicuña. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Love in the Time of Cholera published in 2007.
Chapter 5 Quotes

She was still a child in every sense of the word, with braces on her teeth and the scrapes of elementary school on her knees, but he saw right away the kind of woman she was soon going to be, and he cultivated her during a slow year of Saturdays at the circus, Sundays in the park with ice cream, childish late afternoons, and he won her confidence, he won her affection, he led her by the hand, with the gentle astuteness of a kind grandfather, toward his secret slaughterhouse. For her it was immediate: the doors of heaven opened to her.

Related Characters: Florentino Ariza, América Vicuña
Page Number: 272
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 6 Quotes

Still looking at her, he said without warning:

“I am going to marry.”

She looked into his eyes with a flash of uncertainty, her spoon suspended in midair, but then she recovered and smiled.

“That’s a lie,” she said. “Old men don’t marry.”

Page Number: 289
Explanation and Analysis:
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América Vicuña Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera

The timeline below shows where the character América Vicuña appears in Love in the Time of Cholera. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
Sex and Morality Theme Icon
Illness, Mortality, and Hope Theme Icon
...the time when Dr. Urbino dies, Florentino is having an affair with a 14-year-old girl, América Vicuña, to whom Florentino, her relative in the city, was supposed to serve as a... (full context)
Illness, Mortality, and Hope Theme Icon
...concludes that the bells must be ringing for someone more important, such as a governor. América does not care about death and is enjoying lying next to Florentino in bed, in... (full context)
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Illness, Mortality, and Hope Theme Icon
...that he could have been the one to die. In an agitated state, he drops América off at school and hurries to Dr. Urbino’s house. (full context)
Chapter 6
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Social Norms vs. Personal Fulfillment Theme Icon
On Saturday, the day Florentino usually spends with América, he tells her that they will not make love and that he is going to... (full context)
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Sex and Morality Theme Icon
...as Prudencia Pitre and Andrea Varón to demonstrate his affection for them. His relationship with América, though, has grown complicated. He does not realize that América is now 17 and harbors... (full context)
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Illness, Mortality, and Hope Theme Icon
In the meantime, Leona Cassiani and América take care of Florentino, who is stuck in bed. Florentino soon learns of América’s troubles... (full context)
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That morning, Florentino receives an urgent telegram from Leona Cassiani informing him that América Vicuña is dead. A few hours later, he learns that América committed suicide after failing... (full context)
Love Theme Icon
Sex and Morality Theme Icon
Illness, Mortality, and Hope Theme Icon
...feel like dying. Florentino feels the same way and is suddenly overwhelmed by grief for América Vicuña. He has to lock himself in the bathroom and cry to relieve his feelings,... (full context)