One Hundred Years of Solitude
Cyclical Time Structure in One Hundred Years of Solitude 12th Grade
Narrative structures vary from novel to novel as a technique that aides in the advancement of the plot and enhances the clarification of the literary devices employed throughout a story. In the novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, both traditional, or linear, narrative time and cyclical narrative time structures work simultaneously to emphasize the recurrent destructive behaviors of the Buendía family. A linear narrative structure “follows a straight line — starting at the beginning, moving to the middle and proceeding to the end of the story” moving along a straight plot outline. In addition, this style of writing follows line of movement including an ongoing plot, with a somewhat typical exposition, rising action, climax, and denouement. However, One Hundred Years of Solitude is not a novel that primarily relies on a linear narrative structure. In fact, this novel's structure is also inclusive of a cyclical narrative. The cyclical time “cycles through the story one event at a time to end back where the story originated” and reiteratively brings the reader back to key plot occurrences as a way to highlight these moments impact on the characters. In his novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Garcia Marquez implements the...
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