Love in the Time of Cholera

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Essay Love in the Time of Cholera

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An analysis of themes of love and cholera in the novel “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

This paper reviews the novel “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and examines how the theme of love and sickness is used by the author by analyzing the book chapter by chapter. The symptoms of cholera include pallor, rapid heartbeat, lethargy and sleepiness or sleeplessness. The “symptoms” of being in love are very similar and tragic unfulfilled love can be as fatal as cholera. The novel focuses on the attitudes and experiences of the three major characters “Florentino Ariza, Fermina Daza and Dr Juvenal Urbino and how they, at times, find themselves in a feverish state through love ” literally making themselves ill in sometimes comical and extreme circumstances.
“The story returns to the past until chapter five. Chapter two looks back to the youth of Florentino and Fermina. The young man makes a delivery to the girl’s home and is attracted to her. He begins to make his feelings known. She eventually notices him sitting on a park bench on her way home from school, and that he looks ill. He finally plucks up the courage to give her a note and falls ill while waiting for a reply. His lovesickness is initially diagnosed as cholera. Florentino also makes himself ill by eating gardenias, drinking cologne and even eating rose petals.”