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Garcia Marquez does a spectacular job of character development and providing the reader with a rich sense of place that aids the readers in the ability to fully understand the internal struggles of each character. While I am unsure as to whether or not this truly is a love story, it is evident that the characters themselves really can’t come to a concrete definition of love anyways. The novel forces us to think about love in such a way that is passionate and immediate but also never ending. Urbino was able to provide for Fermina, but when she was alone in the end, Florentino Ariza was there for her as well. Therefore, it seems that Fermina never truly knows what love is and the novel is more about Florentino and his quest to obtain Fermina as his. I don’t think it matters that Florentino had many affairs because he was still on this vivid pursuit of Fermina. To me, the pursuit wasn’t love but more about conquest and that he never had her for himself, he was always watching Urbino have her. Even in the end when Ariza pretends that the boat is infected, it is him declaring a conquest of himself. This entangled struggle for the definition of love is something that Garcia Marquez wrote perfectly. The way he develops each character with an immense detail that continues throughout the whole novel. While it is easy to get lost in the detail, it is there for a reason which is to prove to the reader that these characters are real people, searching for love.



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