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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez functions as a love story primarily by highlighting the impact and weight that love has on our lives. This function, I believe, is made salient by the use of exaggeration. I think that a love story functions best through exaggeration because it helps us retell the “same old story” in different and more interesting ways. It is very easy, when writing, to be sucked into a frame of a stereotypical love story. It is enlightening that Garcia Marquez avoids doing this by being generally honest and blatant about the feelings of his characters and themes.

I read that in an interview Garcia Marquez explained the development of the love story as being inspired by the story of his young parents, and a story he heard of two older people who would escape to Acapulco to partake in a passionate affair. As he wrote the story of his parents, who in reality eventually did marry at a typical age, he began to see how the stories could be shaped together to become more interesting, saying that as soon as his parents were married, they were no longer “interesting literary figures.” I appreciate understanding the development of the story and can recognize Garcia Marquez’s understanding of what makes a story actual literature worth publishing and worth reading, as opposed to just a story about his parents that is like many love stories before and after, I’m sure.

As mentioned before, the novel functions as a love story primarily by highlighting the weight that love has in our lives. Everything that the characters in the story experience is for the most part based upon love. Their feelings, the actions that happen, the disease, etc. are all components of the love story. This is better developed by Garcia Marquez’s beautiful yet, at some times, arduous detail of a character’s emotions. He had such a deep understanding of each of the characters, in a way greater than many novels I have ever read. The story carries its weight also by presenting a story that seems real, and like any good stereotypical “love story” gives us hope that in a world full of disease and pain love may still endure through time. I can think of a less grand literary venture, yet seemingly similar story The Notebook which has essentially the same framework. Girl meets boy, they fall in love, Daddy hates boy, they seperate, girl meets new guy and falls in love with him as well, many years pass, guy 1 proclaims he is still in love, and they are finally reunited. A love story gives us hope and follows this framework, yet it is the development of the characters, their personalities, locations, quirks, histories, etc, that changes the story into something new and beautiful that can be told yet another time.

The most moving part of the novel is the passion that was evident when it was written. Garcia Marquez enters into deep subject matter and approaches disease and personal battles in a fresh new way in which he is asking and trusting us as readers to trust him and follow the development of the story. My favorite part of the story is at the beginning of the sixth chapter, when Fermina is struggling to deal with the death of her husband. The attention to detail that is paid to this side of love is very important to the story’s function as a love story. Not only do we see love develop, and love be denied, but we also see it completely lost. It is the attention that is paid to all aspects of love in this novel that makes it an enduring love story.

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