CliffsNotes on Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude

CliffsNotes on Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude

CliffsNotes on Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude

CliffsNotes on Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude

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After her marriage to José Arcadio Buendía, Úrsula refuses to consummate their union for fear of conceiving a monster. She wears a chastity belt to prevent her husband from having intercourse with her. One day, however, José Arcadio Buendía defeats a poor loser in a cockfight. Prudencio Aguilar taunts the young Buendía about Úrsula’s virginity, an insult that is aimed at José Arcadio’s manhood. José Arcadio, in an impetuous rage, throws an ancient spear through Aguilar’s throat and kills him. Úrsula later sees the dead man’s ghost trying to plug the hole in his throat with “a plug of esparto grass.”

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