Essay on Chronicle Of A Death Foretold By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez rejects traditional crime fiction tropes to expose the problematic power imbalance within the sexes in Colombian society. The power imbalance refers to the way in which women and young girls become commodities to the family and forced to conform to specific male centric ideals. This imbalance is evident through three main sub-arguments. The first argument positions virginity as a patriarchal construct to subdue women into believing that their worth is based on conforming to normative sexual behaviour. The second argument exposes marriage as an institution for female suppression, where the male has dominance. The final argument condemns female conformity and the sacrifices that women make to be complicit to the male dominant society.

Within any patriarchal society, a woman 's worth is dependent on her virginity. Dictionary.com defines virginity as being “the state or condition of being pure, fresh, or unused” (dictionary.com, 2016) Through this definition, patriarchal society perceives women who are not virgins to being impure and used. However, men are often awarded for being sexual beings, whilst women are condemned as this is not the expected societal role for women to undertake. This inequality between male and female worth creates a gap between genders. Women are taught that their virginity is valuable and that it is for their husbands when they become their 'property '. Women who lost their virginity, even…

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