Gabriel Garcia Márquez shows the way that history is destined to repeat itself over and over by using only a few names to represent seven generations of the Buendía family. Úrsula, the matriarch of the family, notes that the men named “Aureliano” are solitary and studious, usually gifted with some sort of psychic ability. On the other hand, the men named “José Arcadio” tend to be very strong, but marked with a tragic fate. The pattern is so recognizable that when the twin brothers Aureliano Segundo and José Arcadio Segundo grow up following the paths of the opposite names, Úrsula believes that they might have swapped places in their youth. The female characters of the book also repeat their names, recycling Úrsula, Amaranta and Remedios in various combinations and forms. All of the names identify the characters’ personalities and determine the ways they are destined to live their lives, a fate that proves inescapable throughout. Though primarily women try to break the cycle of naming, the male characters of the family continue the family lines of naming, insisting on paying tribute to their ancestors, while also dooming the newborns to the same fate they suffered.
Names Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude
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.