Gabriel García Márquez Writing Styles in One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Climax

The Hungarian composer Bela Bartok fascinates Garcia Marquez and so the author constructed his novel along this composer's line. For example, he configured his climax so it would land five-sevenths of the way through the book - when the strikers are massacred - just as Bartok would have done in a musical composition. From this point on it is denouement and decay until the waters come to wash the earth clean. Also, in similar ways to a musical composition, many characters have a motif or theme which accompanies their presence, such as Mauricio Babilonia's butterflies.

Narration

The detached, matter-of-face narrative voice in the novel was drawn from his grandmother, according to Garcia Marquez:

She did not change her expression at all when telling her stories and everyone was surprised. In previous attempts to write, I tried to tell the story without believing in it. I discovered that what...

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