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Free Study Guide-100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez-Book Notes
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1. What does García Márquez means by his closing comment that "races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth"?

2. How does the introduction of technology affect the town?

3. Explain the negative or positive influence of the government in Macondo.

4. What kind of place is Macondo, describe how it changes during the course and events of the novel?

5. José Arcadio Buendía and Úrsula Iguarán not want to consummate their marriage. Why? Explain their fears. Were their fears justified?

6. Compare the roles of women versus men in this novel.

7. What is the meaning of "solitude" in the novel?

8. What were the political and social differences between Liberals and Conservatives? Why were they constantly fighting? How different were their actions?

9. Colonel Aureliano Buendía claimed "that it was easier to start a war than to end one." Why did he make this claim?

10.Explain the effect of the loss of the banana company on the town. What happens to the workers that went on strike?

11. Explain the closed and isolated nature of the community and how the outside world is portrayed.


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