One Hundred Years of Solitude: Character List | SparkNotes (2022)

A Note About the Names

One of the themes of One Hundred Years of Solitude isthe way history repeats itself in cycles. In this novel, each generationis condemned to repeat the mistakes—and to celebrate the triumphs—of theprevious generation. To dramatize this point, García Márquez hasgiven his protagonists, the Buendía family members, a very limitedselection of names. One Hundred Years of Solitude spanssix generations, and in each generation, the men of the Buendíaline are named José Arcadio or Aureliano and the women are namedÚrsula, Amaranta, or Remedios. Telling the difference between peoplewho have the same name can sometimes be difficult. To a certainextent, this is to be expected: after all, García Márquez’s pointis precisely that human nature does not really change, that theBuendía family is locked into a cycle of repetitions. To preservea clear notion of the plot progression, however, it is importantto pay attention to the full names of the protagonists, which oftencontain slight distinguishing variations. José Arcadio Buendía,for instance, is a very different character than his son, José Arcadio:although it is true that José Arcadio’s last name is also “Buendía,”he is never referred to, either by García Márquez or in this SparkNote,as anything but “José Arcadio.” And so on.

In cases where two characters are referred to by the exact same name(for instance, Aureliano Segundo’s son is also known as “José Arcadio”),we have added a roman numeral to the character’s name for the sakeof clarity, even though that roman numeral does not appear in GarcíaMárquez’s book: the second José Arcadio, then, appears as José Arcadio(II). Keep in mind that José Arcadio (II) is not the son of thefirst José Arcadio; he is merely the second José Arcadio in thebook.

The Buendía Family

First Generation

  • José Arcadio Buendía

    The patriarch of the Buendía clan, José ArcadioBuendía is Macondo’s founder and its most charismatic citizen. Heis a man of great strength and curiosity. Impulsively, he embarkson mad pursuits of esoteric and practical knowledge, and it is hissolitary and obsessive quest for knowledge that drives him mad atthe end of his life; he spends many years, in the end, tied to atree in the Buendía backyard, speaking Latin that only the priestunderstands. José Arcadio Buendía is married to Úrsula Iguarán andthe father of José Arcadio, Colonel Aureliano Buendía, andAmaranta.

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  • Úrsula Iguarán

    Thetenacious matriarch of the Buendía clan, Úrsula lives to be wellover a hundred years old, continuing with her hard-headed commonsense to try and preserve the family. Every now and then, when thingsget particularly run-down, Úrsula revitalizes the family both physicallyand emotionally, repairing the Buendía house and breathing new lifeinto the family. She is the wife of José Arcadio Buendía and themother of José Arcadio, Colonel Aureliano Buendía, andAmaranta.

    Read an in-depth analysis of Úrsula Iguarán.

  • Second Generation

  • Amaranta

    Thedaughter of Úrsula Iguarán and José Arcadio Buendía, Amaranta diesan embittered and lonely virgin. She bears deep jealousy and hatredfor Rebeca, whom, she believes, stole Pietro Crespi from her. In manyways her life is characterized by a fear of men; when Pietro Crespifinally falls in love with her, she rejects him, and he kills himself.As penance, she gives herself a bad burn on the hand and wears ablack bandage over it for the rest of her life. When she is mucholder, she finds real love with Colonel Gerineldo Márquez, but shespurns him because of her ancient fear and bitterness. She is alsothe object of the unconsummated incestuous passion of AurelianoJosé, whom she helped to raise. Amaranta is the sister of ColonelAureliano Buendía and José Arcadio.

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  • Colonel Aureliano Buendía

    The second son of José Arcadio Buendía and ÚrsulaIguarán. Aureliano grows up solitary and enigmatic, with a strangecapacity for extrasensory perception. Outraged by the corruption ofthe Conservative government, he joins the Liberal rebellion andbecomes Colonel Aureliano Buendía, the rebel commander. After yearsof fighting, he loses his capacity for memory and deep emotion,signs a peace accord, and withdraws into his workshop, a lonelyand hardened man. He is the widower of Remedios Moscote and thefather, with Pilar Ternera, of Aureliano José, and of seventeensons—each named Aureliano—by seventeen different women.

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  • Remedios Moscote

    The child-bride of Colonel Aureliano Buendía, RemediosMoscote brings joy to the Buendía household for a short while beforeshe dies suddenly, possibly of a miscarriage.

  • José Arcadio

    Thefirst son of Úrsula Iguarán and José Arcadio Buendía, from whomhe inherits his amazing strength and his impulsive drive. Afterrunning off in pursuit of a gypsy girl, José Arcadio returns a savagebrute of a man and marries Rebeca, the orphan adopted by the Buendías.He is the father, with Pilar Ternera, of Arcadio, and brother toColonel Aureliano Buendía and Amaranta.

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  • Rebeca

    Theearth-eating orphan girl who mysteriously arrives at the Buendíadoorstep. Rebeca is adopted by the Buendí family. Rebeca infectsthe town with an insomnia that causes loss of memory. Rebeca seemsto orphan herself from society and the Buendía family when, afterher husband José Arcadio’s death, she becomes a hermit, never seenoutside her dilapidatedhome.

  • Third Generation

  • Aureliano José

    Theson of Colonel Aureliano Buendía and Pilar Ternera. Aureliano Josébecomes obsessed with his aunt, Amaranta, and joins his father’sarmy when she ends the affair. He deserts the army to return toher, however, but she rejects him, horrified. He is killed by Conservativesoldiers.

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  • Arcadio

    Theson of José Arcadio and Pilar Ternera. Arcadio, seemingly a gentleboy, becomes schoolmaster of the town. When Colonel Aureliano Buendíaplaces him in charge of Macondo during the uprising, however, Arcadioproves a vicious dictator who is obsessed with order. He is killedwhen the conservatives retake the village. Arcadio marries SantaSofía de la Piedad and is the father of Remedios the Beauty, AurelianoSegundo, and José Arcadio Segundo.

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  • Santa Sofía de la Piedad

    The quiet woman, almost invisible in this novel,who marries Arcadio and continues to live in the Buendía house formany years after his death, impassively tending to the family. Sheis the mother of Remedios the Beauty, Aureliano Segundo, and José ArcadioSegundo. She does not quite seem to exist in the real world, andwhen she grows old and tired, she simply walks out of the house,never to be heard fromagain.

  • Fourth Generation

  • Remedios the Beauty

    The daughter of Santa Sofía de la Piedad and Arcadio,Remedios the Beauty becomes the most beautiful woman in the world:desire for her drives men to their deaths. Not comprehending herpower over men, she remains innocent and childlike. One day, she floatsto heaven, leaving Macondo and the novelabruptly.

  • José Arcadio Segundo

    The son of Arcadio and Santa Sofía de la Piedad,José Arcadio Segundo may have been switched at birth with his twinbrother, Aureliano Segundo. Appalled by witnessing an executionat an early age, José Arcadio Segundo becomes thin, bony, solitary,and increasingly scholarly, like his great-uncle Colonel AurelianoBuendía. A cockfighter and a drifter, he finds purpose in leadingthe strikers against the banana company. He is the lone survivorof the massacre of the strikers, and when he finds that nobody believesthe massacre occurred, he secludes himself in Melquíades’ old study,trying to decipher the old prophecies and preserving the memoryof the massacre.

  • Aureliano Segundo

    The son of Arcadio and Santa Sofía de la Piedad,Aureliano Segundo may have been switched at birth with his twinbrother, José Arcadio Segundo. Despite an early interest in solitarystudy—characteristic of his great-uncle, Colonel Aureliano Buendía—AurelianoSegundo begins to show all the characteristics of the family’s JoséArcadios: he is immense, boisterous, impulsive, and hedonistic. Althoughhe loves the concubine Petra Cotes, he is married to the cold beautyFernanda del Carpio, with whom he has three children: Meme, JoséArcadio (II) and Amaranta Úrsula.

  • Fernanda del Carpio

    The wife of Aureliano Segundo and the mother ofMeme, José Arcadio (II), and Amaranta Úrsula. Fernanda del Carpiowas raised by a family of impoverished aristocrats; she is veryhaughty and very religious. Her hedonistic husband does not loveher and maintains his relationship with his concubine, Petra Cotes.Fernanda del Carpio, meanwhile, tries unsuccessfully to impressher sterile religion and aristocratic manners on the Buendía house.

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  • Fifth Generation

  • José Arcadio (II)

    The eldest child of Aureliano Segundo and Fernandadel Carpio, Úrsula decides that José Arcadio (II) is supposed tobecome the Pope, but he in fact slides into dissolution and solitude.On his return from his unsuccessful trip to seminary in Italy, JoséArcadio (II) leads a life of debauchery with local adolescents who eventuallymurder him and steal his money.

  • Amaranta Úrsula

    The daughter of Aureliano Segundo and Fernanda delCarpio, Amaranta Úrsula returns from her trip to Europe with a Belgianhusband, Gaston. She wants to revitalize Macondo and the Buendía household,but it is too late: both are headed for inevitable ruin. She fallsin love with her nephew, Aureliano (II), and gives birth to hischild, whom they also name Aureliano (III) and who proves the lastin the Buendía line. Born of incest, he has the tail of a pig. Amarantadies in childbirth.

  • Gaston

    TheBelgian husband of Amaranta Úrsula, Gaston is loving and culturedbut feels isolated in the now-desolate Macondo. He travels to Belgiumto start an airmail company, and, when he hears of the relationshipbetween his wife and Aureliano (II), he never returns.

  • Meme

    Thedaughter of Fernanda del Carpio and Aureliano Segundo, Meme’s realname is Renata Remedios. She feigns studiousness and docility toplease her mother, but she is actually a hedonist like her father.When her mother discovers her illicit affair with Mauricio Babilonia,she posts a guard in front of the house; the guard ends up shootingMauricio. He ends up paralyzed, and Meme is imprisoned in a conventwhere she spends the rest of her life. The product of her affair withBabilonia is Aureliano (II).

  • Sixth Generation

  • Aureliano (II)

    Theillegitimate son of Meme and Mauricio Babilonia, Aureliano (II)is concealed by his scandalized grandmother, Fernanda del Carpio.He grows up a hermit in the Buendía household, only gradually acclimatinghimself to society. Aureliano (II) becomes a scholar, and it ishe who eventually deciphers the prophecies of Melquíades. With hisaunt, Amaranta Úrsula, he fathers the last in the Buendía line,the baby Aureliano (III), who dies soon after birth.

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  • Characters who are not members of the Buendía Family

  • Melquíades

    Thegypsy who brings technological marvels to Macondo and befriendsthe Buendía clan. Melquíades is the first person to die in Macondo.Melquíades serves as José Arcadio Buendía’s guide in his quest for knowledgeand, even after dying, returns to guide other generations of Buendías.Melquíades’ mysterious and undecipherable prophecies, which tormentgenerations of Buendías, are finally translated by Aureliano (II)at the end of the novel—they contain the entire history of Macondo,foretold.

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  • Pilar Ternera

    Alocal whore and madam. With José Arcadio, Pilar is the mother ofArcadio; with Colonel Aureliano Buendía, she is the mother of AurelianoJosé. She is also a fortune-teller whose quiet wisdom helps guidethe Buendía family. She survives until the very last days ofMacondo.

  • Petra Cotes

    AurelianoSegundo’s concubine. Petra Cotes and Aureliano Segundo become extremelyrich—their own love seems to inspire their animals to procreate unnaturallyquickly. Even after the poverty caused by the flood, she stays withAureliano Segundo; their deepened love is one of the purest emotionsin thenovel.

  • Mauricio Babilonia

    The sallow, solemn lover of Meme. Fernanda del Carpiodisapproves of their affair, and she sets up a guard who shootsMauricio Babilonia when he attempts to climb into the house fora tryst with Meme. As a result, Mauricio lives the rest of his lifecompletely paralyzed. He fathers Meme’s child, Aureliano (II).

  • Pietro Crespi

    Thegentle, delicate Italian musician who is loved by both Amarantaand Rebeca. Rebeca, however, chooses to marry the more manly JoséArcadio. After Amaranta leads on Pietro and rejects him, Pietro commitssuicide.

  • Colonel Gerineldo Márquez

    The comrade-in-arms of Colonel Aureliano Buendía.Colonel Gerineldo is the first to become tired of the civil war.He falls in love with Amaranta, who spurns him.

  • Don Apolinar Moscote

    Father of Remedios Moscote and government-appointedmagistrate of Macondo. Don Apolinar Moscote is a Conservative andhelps rig the election so that his party will win. His dishonestyis partly why Colonel Aureliano Buendía first joins theLiberals.

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    Úrsula Iguarán

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    Why is banana important in 100 years of solitude? ›

    In One Hundred Years of Solitude, García Márquez depicts the capitalist imperialism of the banana companies as voracious and harmful to the inhabitants of Macondo. Capitalism and imperialism, supported by the country's Conservative government, bring corruption and brutality to Macondo and oppression to the inhabitants.

    Why did amaranta not marry Pietro? ›

    Whether it was because of the lack of attention which was shown to her and therefore the somewhat lack of love which she received from her family beginning with the entrance of Rebeca into the Buendía family's lives, or because of the neglect of the one Pietro Crespi whom she once loved, Amaranta could never love a man ...

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    He is named Aureliano José. Soon after the marriage, however, Remedios dies of a sudden internal ailment, possibly a miscarriage, and the house plunges into mourning.

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    What happened to Aureliano Jose? ›

    Aureliano José

    The son of Colonel Aureliano Buendía and Pilar Ternera. Aureliano José becomes obsessed with his aunt, Amaranta, and joins his father's army when she ends the affair. He deserts the army to return to her, however, but she rejects him, horrified. He is killed by Conservative soldiers.

    Who is amaranta? ›

    Amaranta is a noble herbalist during the Final Empire on Scadrial. She is one of Straff Venture's many mistresses and his chief herbalist.

    Why did Gabriel Garcia Marquez live in Spain? ›

    When the young journalist Gabriel García Márquez was forced to leave Colombia in 1955 – he had upset the government of dictator Rojas Pinilla with a series of articles linking smuggling to a boat accident that involved members of the military – he was forced to live in exile in Europe, wandering through cities such as ...

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    One Hundred Years of Solitude is so named because it describes the town of Macondo, which is relatively isolated from the rest of Colombia for most of its one hundred year history.

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    By the end the last of the Aurelianos falls in love with his aunt (Amaranta Ursula, who committed adultery since she was married to Gaston) without knowing she was his aunt and out this incest love comes out a child, the first out of "real" love in a 100 years and this child is born with a pig's tail, the mother dies ...

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    The boy is named Arcadio. Joining the family, too, is an orphan girl, Rebeca, who arrives mysteriously one day and whose origin is unclear. Nevertheless, the Buendías raise her as one of their own children, first conquering her self-destructive habits of eating dirt and whitewash.

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    In One Hundred Years of Solitude, it is apparent that Rebeca kills José Arcadio, her husband.

    What happens to Remedios? ›

    Remedios was mentioned during a conversation between Renner and Zanac; reportedly, She had died from an unknown cause sometime after the invasion of the Demi-Human Alliance.

    Who is Aureliano in 100 years of solitude? ›

    Aureliano (II) is the purest example in One Hundred Years of Solitude of the solitary, destructive Buendía thirst for knowledge. He is utterly isolated by his grandmother, Fernanda del Carpio, because she is ashamed that he was born out of wedlock. He never even leaves the house until he is fully grown.

    What happened to Remedios the Beauty? ›

    In the tainted world of modern Macondo, corrupted by too much knowledge and technology, Remedios is a relic and a reminder of the past. It comes as a tragic realization that she is, in fact, too pure for the world, and she simply floats skyward and disappears, presumably summoned back into the heavens.

    Who is Pilar Ternera? ›

    Character Analysis Pilar Ternera

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