“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”_
The complexities of the Buendia family are similar to stories in the Bible. There are many references to important religious figures and events. Macondo from the beginning was doomed with a predetermined fate written by Melquiades. This impending doom is because of their sins, and God tries to help them but ultimately fails. Throughout the novel the reader wonders if the Buendia family will be able to redeem themselves just like character sin the Bible did. The events that mirror the Bible the most are: Macondos incest, the great flood, and Jose Aureliano Buendia as Abraham.
Within One Hundred Years of Solitude man is not able to redeem themselves. The last line of the novel, “Because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude [do] not have a second opportunity on earth” (417) shows that from the beginning of time the Buendias family history was predetermined and they would never be able to be forgiven for their sins. This statement acts as a blanketing to the author’s purpose in writing, and that shroud must be dispelled in order to understand the condemnation it proposes. From the beginning the Buendia family and the town they raise are cut off from the rest of the world. They are surrounded by loneliness, and their solitude from time to time is interrupted from the outside. This mirrors the biblical account of the founding of Abraham’s seed, the Hebrews.
A big parallel with the Bible and One Hundred Years of Solitude is the incest. Abraham and Saras relationship was also incestuous because she is his half sister.
Howbeit, otherwise also she is truly my sister, the daughter of my father and not the
daughter of my mother, and i took her: thou shalt do me this kindness: In every place, to
which we shall come, thou shalt say that I am thy brother (Genesis 20:12-13). Although Ursula is not Jose Arcadio Buendia is not his half sister, she is still his cousin. She even...
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