One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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José Raquel Moncada Character Analysis

A successful mayor of Macondo, who becomes friends with Aureliano Buendía despite being of the opposite political party. The friendship raises questions about how serious their political differences can be, and perhaps proving Aureliano's earlier belief that he fights more for pride than for the cause of the Liberals. This idea is further born out by the fact that the men consider finding a way to combine their political parties, but then sense that they would lose all purpose without their political rivalry. Ultimately, Colonel Aureliano Buendía’s cruelty is proven when, despite his fondness for his friend, he eventually allows Moncada to be executed.

José Raquel Moncada Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by José Raquel Moncada or refer to José Raquel Moncada. 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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Chapter 8  Quotes

They became great friends. They even came to think about the possibility of coordinating the popular elements of both parties, doing away with the influence of the military men and professional politicians, and setting up a humanitarian regime that would take the best from each doctrine.

Page Number: 146
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José Raquel Moncada Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The timeline below shows where the character José Raquel Moncada appears in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8 
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...Úrsula receives a letter from him in Cuba and shows it to the Conservative mayor, José Raquel Moncada , a man who befriended Colonel Aureliano Buendía over the years, teaching him to play... (full context)
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...twelve years, they baptize a total of seventeen sons of Colonel Aureliano Buendía. Ursula tells General Moncada that she wishes Colonel Aureliano Buendía would return and be reunited with his sons in... (full context)
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General José Raquel Moncada takes up civil and military leadership of Macondo, afraid the soldiers are too hotheaded on... (full context)
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Court-martials demand the execution of all of the regular army officers, including José Raquel Moncada . Úrsula begs Colonel Aureliano Buendía not to follow through, saying that the town had... (full context)