Nabilah UmarProfessor KeithEnglish 315Research PaperNovember 26, 2015THE THEME OF LOVE IN LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERAIn Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, love can be seen as the major theme as shown in the title of the novel. Fermina Daza is entangled in a romantic love triangle, which involves Florentino Ariza and Dr Juvenal Urbino. Fermina marries Dr JuvenalUrbino even when she evidently knows Florentino loves her more and vice versa. One critic, Thomas Pynchon says “This novel is also revolutionary in daring to suggest that vows of lovemade under a presumption of immortality - youthful idiocy, to some -may yet be honored, much later in life when we ought to know better, in the face of the undeniable”. However, another reader says “Love in the Time of Cholera can be read as an investigation into romantic love and all its implications and ramifications”[CITATION BAL08 \l 1033 ]. Fermina Daza, Florentino Ariza and Dr Juvenal Urbino have different perceptions of love, which ends up affecting their future permanently.Marquez portrays two different sides of love in this story. Physical side of love and powerful emotional side of love. In the absence of emotional love, one of the characters substitutes it with physical love. Marquez also reveals love outside of society’s norm. A lot ofcharacters are involved in illicit love affairs throughout the book. Dr Juvenal Urbino for instance starts an affair while he deals with midlife crisis. Florentino also starts a very long affair in order to deal with unrequited love.