One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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José Arcadio (I) Character Analysis

José Arcadio is the oldest child of the second generation. He begins having an affair with Pilar Ternera at the age of fourteen. He leaves home a young man and returns home strapping and crude. He falls in love with this adopted sister Rebeca, and their union causes Úrsula to completely disown them. José Arcadio saves the Colonel from execution, but he is shot to death in his bedroom without a known cause.

José Arcadio (I) Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by José Arcadio (I) or refer to José Arcadio (I). 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 HarperCollins edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude published in 1970.
Chapter 7 Quotes

As soon as José Arcadio closed the bedroom door the sounds of a pistol shot echoed through the house. A trickle of blood came out under the door, crossed the living room, went out into the street, continued on in a straight line across the uneven terraces, went down steps and climbed over curbs, passed along the Street of the Turks, turned a corner to the right and another to the left, made a right angle at the Buendía house, went in under the closed door, crossed through the parlor, hugging the walls so as not to stain the rugs, went on to the other living room, made a wide curve to avoid the dining-room table, went along the porch with the begonias, and passed without being seen under Amaranta’s chair as she gave an arithmetic lesson to Aureliano José, and went through the pantry and came out in the kitchen where Úrsula was getting ready to crack thirty-six eggs to make bread.

“Holy Mother of God!” Úrsula shouted.

Related Characters: Úrsula Iguarán , José Arcadio (I)
Page Number: 132
Explanation and Analysis:
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José Arcadio (I) Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The timeline below shows where the character José Arcadio (I) appears in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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...she will die if it means the rest of the people stay where they are. José Arcadio (I) , fourteen at the time, had been born on the way to Macondo. Aureliano Buendía,... (full context)
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...indeed it is just ice. He pays for all three of them to touch it. José Arcadio (I) won’t, but Aureliano Buendía places his hand on the block and withdraws it, afraid that... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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...José Arcadio Buendía set out to separate Úrsula’s gold from the bottom of the pot. José Arcadio (I) takes little interest, maturing into a very strong young man, whom Úrsula, pregnant again, notices... (full context)
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The woman who seduced José Arcadio (I) ’s name is Pilar Ternera, one of the original inhabitants of Macondo, dragged along by... (full context)
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...and watery, like a newt.” The newer gypsies return to town with a flying carpet. José Arcadio (I) and Pilar Ternera wander the amusements and she tells him he’s going to be a... (full context)
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Úrsula tries to find José Arcadio (I) , but she ends up wandering very far away. José Arcadio Buendía goes out in... (full context)
Chapter 3 
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...his alchemical work to return to the development of the town. The gypsies return, but José Arcadio (I) is not in their company. The birds that José Arcadio Buendía had once caged are... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...He proceeds through the house, greeting everyone nonchalantly. Only Úrsula recognizes him as her son José Arcadio (I) . When they ask where he has been, he responds only, “Out there.” He sleeps... (full context)
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Rebeca, though, is attracted to José Arcadio (I) ’s masculinity. He recognizes that Rebeca has become a woman since he last saw her.... (full context)
Chapter 6 
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Only José Arcadio (I) and Rebeca know about the newborn girl. José Arcadio and Arcadio had become complicit in... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...father leading him to ice. He hears a shout that breaks his memory and sees José Arcadio (I) crossing the street with his shotgun. He orders them not to shoot and another war... (full context)
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A year after Colonel Aureliano Buendía’s flight, José Arcadio (I) and Rebeca had gone to live in the home that Arcadio had built for his... (full context)
Chapter 10 
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The adobe houses of Macondo have been replaced with brick buildings. José Arcadio (I) attempts to open a boat line through the river, a near impossible task. Úrsula has... (full context)
Chapter 11 
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...a home for himself and inquires about the house in the square where Rebeca and José Arcadio (I) had lived. When he breaks down the door, he finds Rebeca still alive inside, aiming... (full context)
Chapter 15 
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...and appears on the porch, naked and displaying a sex organ to rival the original José Arcadio (I) ’s. (full context)