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27 March 2017
Love in The Time of Cholera
The use of ‘Cholera’ in ‘Love in the time of Cholera’ has the potential to lead to the
development of curiousness in a first time reader as to the relation it would be having with love.
It not without a doubt that it must have been important for the author to decide to use it as a title
of the novel. After reading through, one gets to notice that it was actually important and blends
well with the novel’s storyline. The interweaves of love and cholera as the stosy develops to its
final conclusion does not put to question as to why it was used in the title. The metaphor works
well to bring but various aspects of the story making it a creative perfect fit.
Using it as a metaphor, the auhor, Garcia marquez bases the foundation on the fact that
cholera easily starts and spreads in places that have high precedence of poverty and improper
sanitation standards. This situation is then linked to the plague oflove that Florentino experiences
in close to half a century. An association is established based on the idea that love has the
potential of causing symptoms close to that of a trminal disease. Cholera therefore best presents
the immediate effects that emanate from the ‘disease’ of love.
The first indicatin of the use of cholera being appropriate in the novel is the fact that the
setting of the story takes place when there is a breakout all over the place. It becomes a threat
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with even Fermina’s family depicted to fleeing to resde in the city to avoid it. It even leads to
death case for instance is when Dr. Urbino’s father is associated to die from it.
All through the story, tehre are constant fears of one developing the symptoms of the
disease. Florentino was feared to have been exuding symptoms of cholera by his godfather. In
addition, cholera is mostly associated with love as the different stories unfold. Florentino, one of
the majotr characters develops illnesses several times as a result of love. As a matter of fact, it is
thought that the “symptoms of love are the same as that of cholera” (page 43). It is an acute
infestation that keeps the one affected in pain and agony which apparently matches the manner in
which love has been used in the novel. There is a lot of pain that comes of off love.
Love has been given a demeanor of the association between life and death. This can be
depicted during the initial years that Florentino was pursuing Fermina. His case of eating flowers
makes him ill with great worry instilled in the mother. Symptoms of diarhoea are exhibited,
vomiting and episode of fainting. Even in as much as the mother was aware that actions of love
were the sole cause of the symptoms, there was doubt such that she felt the symptoms were as
devastating as those resulting from cholera (page 43). What was absent was aspects of fever but
the desire to die were pretty strong.
It is worth noting that symptoms of cholera are not easy to conceal. Characterized by
intense vomiting and diarhoea, it wouls be hard to go unnoticed. This is the same depiction that
is made about love in the book. Many cases of love are not hidden with a depiction made of the
pain it causes. Florentino is clearly depicted as having an obsession toward wanting to marry
Fermina despite all the odds that come between them. Fermina’s father was against the
relationship and later on Fermina was married to doctor Urbino but Florentino does not...