Comparing Aureliano Buendia and Oedipus Rex

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Colonel Aureliano Buendia and Oedipus Rex - comparative

The plot of the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, by G.G Marquez can be compared to that of Sophocles’ play Oedipus the King, by focusing around its protagonists. Gabriel Garcia Marquez concentrates on the aspects of death, love and destiny which are also seen throughout Sophocles’ play. King Oedipus, the protagonist of the play, shares similar characteristics with the Colonel Aureliano Buendia, in One Hundred Years of Solitude. Both characters held diction of higher influential authority and they are both driven by pride throughout the stories to fulfill their miserable destinies. In the fiction of Marquez, the workings of fate revolving around Aureliano are slower, yet just as inevitable as the fate of Oedipus. The death of Remedios produced ‘a dull feeling of rage that gradually dissolved in a solitary and passive frustration (pg 94)’ in the Colonel and he took up interest in the current issues of power in the nation. The conflict was first introduced to him by his father in law – Don Apolinar Moscote. Don Apolinar held high authority, and was in a way a father figure, who influenced the Colonel after the death of Remedios. Years into his adolescence, Aureliano found himself drawn into the subject of war and once it was announced that war has broken out, he rapidly took over the situation as a leader. Throughout the time span of the war, Colonel has launched thirty-two uprisings, becoming of significant authority in the power ladder. The Colonel is always referred to with authority as he is a very powerful character. “…the military retinue that accompanied him everywhere, the aurora of legend that glowed about his presence…changed him into a stranger in the end (Marquez, 170).” The characters in the Sophocles play refer to Oedipus, “…with the help of God, you gave us back our life. Now, Oedipus great and glorious, we seek your help again.” Here it is seen how influential his character is to the...
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