I don't get the significance of Amaranta's death, and in particular about the way she died. That is, she was able to predict it. Just don't get why she died in such a manner and whether it has any significant meaning behind it?
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Amaranta's one wish is to outlive Rebecca, but Death visits her and tells her that instead of making a funeral shroud for Rebecca......... she needs to make for herself. Death also tells her that the shroud can be as beautiful, intricate, and time consuming as she wants it to be............ and that once she's finished she will die. Thus, she didn't necessarily predict her own death; she had a visitation or forewarning of how it would occur............. and it did. I believe the significance would come from the fact that you should never wish death upon another person.
I'm confused about some things:
Amaranta dies as a virgin: having gone through a series of rejections - firstly Peitro Crespi followed by Colonel Gerineldo Marquez. During those times, she tried to substitute her missed loves with her nephew, Aureliano Jose and small Jose Arcadio later on. My understanding is that Amaranta's fate changed ever since rejection of Peitro Crespi, as she was doomed into long-lasting solitude. Deep inside her love for Peitro Crespi was great but she failed to make it come true. The book also states: 'At times it pained her to have let that outpouring of misery follow its course, and at times it made her so angry that she would prick her fingers with the needles, but what pained her most and enraged her most and made her most bitter was the fragrant and wormy guava grove of love that was dragging her toward death. Just as Colonel Aureliano Buendia thought about his war, unable to avoid it, so Amaranta thought about Rebeca.' My question is, did Amaranta really love Rebecca? Because if she did then it contradicts with the fact that she wished death upon Rebecca.