Chronicle Of A Death Foretold By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This patriarchal, Colombian society was preoccupied by a woman 's virginity. The Vicario brothers actions were deemed excusable by general society as Nasar did the Vicario family a great dishonour through having sexual contact with their most eligible daughter. “So he put the knife in his hand and dragged him off almost by force in search of their sister 'slost honour.” (pg. 62) The brothers preoccupation with their sisters virginity is inherently sexist as they have not considered their sisters right to be sexually intimate with whom ever she chooses and choose to believe their sister as women are perceived as being honest and pure. By doing this, Nasar had no way to defend himself and was subsequently murdered.
Based on the storyline, the usual crime fiction question of 'whodunnit? ' is not centralised on who killed Santiago Nasar, but rather who took Angela Vicario 's virginity. By making the preoccupation of a woman 's worth through her sexual conduct over the death of a community …show more content…
Firstly, the Father is always expected to be the one to make the money 'to maintain the honour of the house ', even when he is disabled. This societal expectation of him to be the sole earner places pressure on the entire household, as well as on him. If this societal expectation was not in place, the wife, who was once a school teacher could be the one to earn the family money. However, this is not a social norm and hence the family will have to suffer due to this.
It is also evident within the quote that Purisima del Carmen has lost her self identity to be labelled as a wife and mother. Due to this, the community disregarded her of any importance and were only aware of her existence through her marriage bound maternal role. This loss of identity means that she would then impose the views of her new found maternal role onto her children, so then they would have to conform to the gender roles which she