An Interpretation of Female Images in One Hundred Years of Solitude
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages: 14-18
Received: Mar. 19, 2018; Accepted: Mar. 29, 2018; Published: May 4, 2018
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Jiaqi Yin, School of Education, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China
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Abstract
One Hundred Years of Solitude is a masterpiece of Gabriel García Márquez, which tells the history of the Buendía family. There are all together eleven female images in this novel, all of whom play important roles in the rise and decline of this great family. This paper tries to interpret three representative female images in this novel who have decisive impacts on the destiny of this family, namely Úrsula Iguarán, Fernanda, and Amaranta Úrsula. Úrsula Iguarán is an image eliminating gender binary opposition, and Fernanda is an image that has no say in a patriarchal society, while Amaranta Úrsula represents the awakening of self-awareness of females who decide to fight against patriarchy. These three females represent different stages of social development, and show that only when females become confident and independent, awaken their self-awareness, and dare to fight against patriarchal oppression, can their subjectivity be fully achieved. Their destiny also reflects García Márquez’s confusion about women’s position in a patriarchal society, that is, although he calls for gender equality, men still have the dominant power.
Keywords
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Female Images, Patriarchy, Feminism
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Jiaqi Yin, An Interpretation of Female Images in One Hundred Years of Solitude, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2018, pp. 14-18. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20180601.13
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