Character Profile:Florentino ArizaBy: Peter Wakhu Jr.
EmotionsFlorentino Ariza’s desolation from Fermina Daza causes feelings of loneliness and the determination to become worthy of Fermina. Florentino’s want of being an honorable man in the eyes of society is his overall motivation to ameliorate his dejection from Fermina. His belief of recognition from society will cause Fermina to rekindle her love for Florentino and leave Juvenal Urbino as well. Florentino’s self-concept of himself and overwhelming loneliness causes him to sleep with numerous women (622) to ease his pain and separation from Fermina. Florentino, however, still has an ever increasing void of loneliness because of his failed attempt to have Fermina love him. Her loyalty to her husband has proven problematic for him and Florentino concludes that he will have to be patient for his love and not act with violence. This act of patience from Florentino last for fifty-one years nine months and four days until Juvenal Urbino dies and they can finally be together.
Enduring FactorsFlorentino Ariza experiences several different types of conflicts regarding his undying love for Fermina Daza. Within himself, Florentino can not formulate a pragmatic solution to be with Fermina. With either the killing of Juvenal Urbino or patiently waiting for his love, Florentino decides to wait. This patience is agonizing and futile and further emphasizes his desire to be with Fermina. But after fifty-one years of waiting, Florentino’s love is finally able to be with him after the death of her husband. Fermina Daza’s husband, Dr. Juvenal Urbino, has always been the antagonist for Florentino throughout the novel and remains in this position for most of the story. This foil of Florentino’s has put his