Day 2

One Hundred Years of Solitude Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does Pietro Crespi connect to the theme of modernity?

    Pietro Crespi comes to Macondo to bring, assemble, and tune the pianola. He represents modernity because he brings a seemingly magical item from another land and exposes all of Macondo to it. José Arcadio Buendía is fascinated by the pianola because it plays itself. His fascination, in contrast with Pietro Crespi’s expertise, shows how pre-industrialized Macondo is. It also exposes the vital role the Buendía family is playing in bringing Macondo into modernity.

  2. 2

    How do the events that happen to José Arcadio Buendía in Chapter 4 connect to the theme of modernity?

    In Chapter 4, José loses his mind. It...

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