Love In The Time Of Cholera

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It is easy to mistake Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera as a fairytale ending storybook romance, in which two ill-fated lovers eventually consummate their lifelong relationship. Although the two lovers eventually find one another after practically a lifetime, the novel is scattered with the motif of love as a decaying illness, cholera, and aging as a repulsive lifestyle. Florentino Ariza dedicates his whole life to nurturing his shattered heart. In which was broken by his life love Fermina Daza in their youth. The novel follows both characters through out their love affairs, imprudent families, and memories of the deadly illness Cholera and how it emerges and wipes out a massive amount of the population in Colombia. Finally death and decay begin to plague the characters greatly like the Cholera epidemic that charges Columbia. Aging becomes an imperative theme as the novel goes into flashbacks, following the lives and aging of the three main characters, Fermina Daza, Florentino Aziza, and Dr. Juvenal Urbino. In fact, these characters often try to stop the process of aging by taking careful steps to remain young and fit. “Florentino Aziza climbed up and down stairs with special care, for he had always believed that old age began with one’s first minor fall and that death came with the second” (313). After breaking his ankle due to a fall, Florentino’s worst fears are recognized and he is sentenced to a bed. Florentino is not the only character to be demoralized by his elderly age. As he looks back nostalgically upon his life he remembers the glorious days when he was full of constant accomplishments, travels, and respect from the people of his community. Now as he is an old physically impaired physician unable to complete simple tasks by himself. “After bathing him, Fermina Daza helped him to dress: she sprinkled talcum powder between his

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