Styles Used in Orlando by Virginia Woolf and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Styles used in the Orlando and One Hundred Years of Solitude books
Both Virginia Woolf and Garcia Marquez in their books Orlando and One Hundred Years of Solitude respectively used almost the same styles to enhance and bring out the significance of the story. Virginia Woolf writes of Orlando, the protagonist in her story, a young man of around thirty six years who metamorphosed over a couple of days from a man to a woman. Woolf’s writing depicted very important issues in life that included gender issues and self awareness and knowledge. The book captures the love relationships of the protagonist and with the end of his love affair with the princess from Russia; he became destitute and embarked on writing until when he realized that he was foolishly depicted in one of the poems by Nicholas Green.
Under King Charles the second’s command, Orlando was forced to run away due to riots and in the run, he falls asleep. That is when his gender changed from a man to a woman though he remained to be the same person with the same personality only that he had a woman’s body.
Orlando, now a woman lived with a Gypsy clan where she adapted their way of life. In her mind, she created the perfect place where she hoped to live as a woman away from the trouble she went through. The creation of a fictional community was also depicted by Marquez in his book, One Hundred Years of Solitude when the Buendia family’s forefather, Jose Arcadio Buendia sleeps and dreams of a place where he and his family could go and live a good life. Upon waking up, he found a place along the riverbank and called it Macondo that was a fictional perfect community.
In the early 19th century, Woolf wrote the book and this work put the female gender into the lime light, tackling...

... middle of paper ... alone and being cut off from the rest of the world, the Buendia’s formed their own world with some of the members individually living in their own world. With the solitude, the Buendia’s grew selfish and self-centered.
Eventually, the punishment for incest was downed to the Buendia’s family. They thought that solitary will never be beneficial and they decided to look for ways to have mutual help among them. This brought love relationship among them and the child was conceived, whom they thought would be a fresh beginning for the Macondo society only to deliver a child with a pig’s tail.

Virginia Woolf and Garcia Marquez use the same styles of writing to bring out the message of gender, self awareness, supernatural power and history to the reader. Thought the stories are fictional, their truth is found in the language of writing used by the authors.

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