One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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Prudencio Aguilar Character Analysis

Before the start of the novel’s action, when Úrsula and José Arcadio Buendía are still living in Riohacha, Prudencio Aguilar publicly insults José Arcadio Buendía’s masculinity by implying that he is impotent (this is based on rumors that he and Úrsula have not consummated their marriage). In response, José Arcadio Buendía kills Prudencio Aguilar, whose ghost then haunts the couple until they leave Riohacha to found Macondo. José Arcadio Buendía sees Prudencio Aguilar’s ghost several more times throughout his life, and when Buendía is dying, Aguilar's ghost takes care of him.
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Prudencio Aguilar Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The timeline below shows where the character Prudencio Aguilar appears in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
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...like this for another six months, when José Arcadio Buendía wins a cock fight against Prudencio Aguilar and Aguilar insults José Arcadio Buendía’s manhood publicly. José Arcadio Buendía kills Aguilar with his... (full context)
Chapter 4 
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...dances for three days straight. He loses sleep and sees again the ghost of the Prudencio Aguilar , the man he killed. José Arcadio Buendía begins to think that every day is... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...communicates with and is cared for mostly by the ghost of the man her killed, Prudencio Aguilar . He spends much of his day dreaming of infinite rooms that he returns to... (full context)