In One Hundred Years of Solitude, sex is shown to be an overwhelming, usually irresistible desire. However inappropriate the object of sexual desire might be (say, your sister or aunt), the drive to consummate the relationship causes characters to cast off any moral or ethical considerations that might hold them back. It follows, moreover, that the sexual experience itself is a transformative sensation so full of physical, emotional, and psychic pleasure that it frequently causes characters to abandon plans and dreams in order to pursue a repeat encounter.
This novel is strikingly progressive in its presentation of female sexuality as an active rather than a passive force.
Characters that stand in the way of sexual desire are necessarily seen as problematic or flawed rather than moral and upstanding.