Study Guide

One Hundred Years of Solitude Characters

By Gabriel García Márquez

José Arcadio Buendía

The patriarch of the Buendía family, José Arcadio begins as an energetic and...

Úrsula Iguarán

The family matriarch, Úrsula, is a woman of indomitable will and bottomless energy. She...

Melquíades

This guy's not a Buendía, so he's a little saner than the rest of the gang. The head of a...

José Arcadio (II)

José Arcadio (II) is just like any normal brother: after running away to join to the...

Colonel Aureliano Buendía

Talk about a transformation. After a bookish childhood, and a late-life marriage to a young girl...

Pilar Ternera

This lady gets around. A fortune-teller and then a madam in a brothel, Pilar is intimately...

Amaranta

The youngest daughter of José Arcadio Buendía and Úrsula, Amaranta suffers a...

Rebeca

Yet another case of almost-incest: an orphan adopted by José Arcadio Buendía and...

Remedios Moscote

This one's a little creepy. The nine-year-old daughter of Macondo's Conservative mayor, Remedios...

Arcadio

A boy who grows up never knowing that his real parents are Pilar Ternera and José Arcadio...

Aureliano Segundo

The fatter and lazier of Arcadio's twin boys, Aureliano Segundo spends his life shuttling between...

José Arcadio Segundo

A solitary man, José Arcadio Segundo is traumatized when he lives through the banana...

Remedios the Beauty

The most beautiful woman ever seen in Macondo, Remedios the Beauty is not entirely in her right...

Petra Cotes

Petra is a half-native local woman who becomes Aureliano Segundo's concubine. She seems content...

Fernanda del Carpio

A woman raised with the idea that she is heir to the crown of a Latin American kingdom, Fernanda...

Meme & Amaranta Úrsula

Ah, sisters. The daughter of Aureliano Segundo and Fernanda del Carpio, Meme grows up a happy and...

Pietro Crespi

A super-shy pianola technician, Pietro becomes the center of a love triangle and lifelong feud...

Mr. Herbert and Mr. Brown

Representatives of the banana company that briefly takes over Macondo, these men head up the...

Mauricio Babilonia

A really hot but poor and outspoken mechanic for the banana company, Mauricio dates Meme until...

Gastón

A wealthy Belgian dude who marries Amaranta Úrsula in Europe, Gastón comes back to...