One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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José Arcadio Segundo Character Analysis

The twin of Aureliano Segundo and son of Santa Sofia de la Piedad and Arcadio. José Arcadio Segundo is a moralist with a hot temper. He is “marked with a tragic sign.” He sees a man executed when he is a child and cannot shake the concern that the smile on the man’s face was evidence that they buried him alive. He spends much of his life secluded in the laboratory, studying Melquiíades’ manuscripts.

José Arcadio Segundo Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by José Arcadio Segundo or refer to José Arcadio Segundo. 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 10  Quotes

From then on he was never sure who was who. Even when they grew up and life made them different, Úrsula still wondered if they themselves might not have made a mistake in some moment of their intricate game of confusion and had become changed forever.

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Page Number: 182
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José Arcadio Segundo Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The timeline below shows where the character José Arcadio Segundo appears in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...sons, born several months before. The girl’s name is Remedios, and the boys are named José Arcadio Segundo and Aureliano Segundo. (full context)
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...Don Melchor Escalona is put in charge of the newly rebuilt school. Aureliano Segundo and José Arcadio Segundo are among the first students. The young Remedios is given the name Remedios the Beauty.... (full context)
Chapter 9 
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José Arcadio Segundo and Aureliano Segundo operate as mirrors of each other. Remedios the Beauty wanders the house... (full context)
Chapter 10 
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...what the other senses. Aureliano Segundo grows into a strapping youth like his grandfathers and José Arcadio Segundo is slight like the colonel. José Arcadio Segundo asks to witness and execution, but Aureliano... (full context)
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José Arcadio Segundo witnesses a shooting and, because the man is still smiling after they shoot him, worries... (full context)
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José Arcadio Segundo takes a liking to having sex with donkeys and is able to avoid the gossip... (full context)
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...same pursuit. Aureliano Segundo gives his brother the money he needs to finish the project. José Arcadio Segundo is gone for a long while, and people speculate that the request for a boat... (full context)
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...seminary and Meme is taken to school. Amaranta begins to sew her own burial shroud. José Arcadio Segundo gives up his fighting cocks and takes a job working for the banana company. Aureliano... (full context)
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José Arcadio Segundo begins visiting the house regularly, talking to the colonel in his workshop. Úrsula remains convinced... (full context)
Chapter 15 
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...“gloomy hospital in Cracow.”  Fernanda returns to Macondo in an armed train to learn that José Arcadio Segundo is leading the workers of the banana plantation in a strike. The plantation workers demand... (full context)
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...to do so. A year passes when the tensions of the plantation reach a peak. José Arcadio Segundo reappears to organize demonstrations. The leaders are arrested and jailed for three months, eventually released... (full context)
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...lines of communication. The authorities gather the workers in a square to address the conflict. José Arcadio Segundo notices machine guns set up around the crowd. A lieutenant reads Decree No. 4 through... (full context)
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When José Arcadio Segundo comes to, he is on a train lying in a heap of dead people. He... (full context)
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...there by the rain. He visits his brother in Melquíades’s old room, but also distrusts José Arcadio Segundo ’s version of events. A proclamation had claimed that the workers returned home peacefully after... (full context)
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The rain continues and everyone accepts that no massacre took place except José Arcadio Segundo . The search for the rebel leaders of the strike continues, but the soldiers continue... (full context)
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...light when they see the quantity of chamber pots. The officer, despite looking right at José Arcadio Segundo , fails to see him. The soldier closes the door and claims that no one... (full context)
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José Arcadio Segundo remains in hiding in the workshop, asking for the door to remain padlocked, and only... (full context)
Chapter 16 
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...finally returns to Petra Cotes, he is so thin that she is convinced he is José Arcadio Segundo . In the bedroom, he finds a skinny mule who Petra Cotes has been feeding... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...quality of the house, as though nothing is wrong with her body. When she finds José Arcadio Segundo still locked up with Melquíades’ parchments, she insults him for living like a pig and... (full context)
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...to school in Brussels and Aureliano shows no interest in anything outside the front door. José Arcadio Segundo teaches Aureliano how to read and write, and shows him what he’s figured out in... (full context)
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...her a few months later, at his hour of death. On the ninth of August, José Arcadio Segundo tells Aureliano to always remember that 3000 people died in the banana massacre and were... (full context)
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...and refuses to take the shoes. Santa Sofia de la Piedad cuts the throat of José Arcadio Segundo to ensure that they are not burying him alive, his greatest fear. The twins are... (full context)