Analysis Of Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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The book Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Garcia Marquez is a foretold tragedy written in a journalistic style and tone with a touch of magic realism. The book is written in a fragmented non-chronological order, based on a historical event of the death of Santiago Nasar. It’s not about the event in particular but about analyzing the after effects of that death within the context of the memories of the community and the reasons behind their inactions while facing their conscience, to the extent that they might be responsible for Santiago Nasar’s death. The author portrays the conventional morals and values of the society through the murder leading us to the importance of honor from the characters’ perspectives. Through the use of literary devices, …show more content…
The narrator detaches himself from the details of the daily lives of the citizens while reconstructing the events of the witnesses personal perspectives based off their memories such as :”, Many people coincided in recalling that it was a radiant morning [...] the weather was funeral.” pg.[4] which shows us the diverse recollections of the people within the same society and how Marquez is using those recollections to piece his story together. He depicts how the entire village, their actions and thoughts, excuses or truths, personal ideals, morals and values, ultimately lead to the assassination and death of Santiago Nasar. The why of the event leads the readers to complex questions and thoughts based off the notions of justice or injustice, right or wrong as they witness the culture within the Latino community. Not only does he write journalistically, Marquez uses imagery to his advantage as a big part of the foreshadowing in the story. From the beginning, the picture of a solemn rainy day gives the readers a feel of the atmosphere. As the story goes on, there are many more uses of imagery such as Angela’s:”, like a butterfly.”Pg.[47]which symbolizes both her and Santiago’s situation and when Maria is described as:”, A falcon [..] of pain.”Pg.[65] or the wedding decorations which reminded Santiago of a funeral. He also incorporates senses such as the “smell of death” throughout the book and the “ the drowned screams.” Every use of imagery, in Marquez’s book, is a foreshadowing of the death or pained lives which symbolizes many conventions in the Latino

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