Essay on Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

1179 Words Nov 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a novel written by Gabriel Garcia and portrays the murder of someone because of a dishonorable act. Though the story is about a murder, the Chronicle of a Death Foretold itself is a glimpse into the culture and social structure of early 20th century Latin America and allows Marquez to portray society. By close reading Chronicle of a Death Foretold a greater understanding of cultural norms during this time period can be achieved. The Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a window into the culture of Marquez’s early 20th century Columbia. While the story revolves around the murder of Santiago Nasar, the book is written almost from a journalistic point of view, with a collection of different accounts of the events from the narrator. The story has several motifs, the most prominent being religion. Religion in the story is used on all levels, showing how the culture held religion very strongly in their hearts. The mother of Angela often talks about god and how they are gifted to their fate. When the brothers eventually kill Santiago and seek asylum they go directly to a church to seek forgiveness. In truth, even though many in the town were told by the Vicario twins that they were going to murder Santiago, the majority did not care and were more concerned with the arrival of the bishop to their town. This overshowing of the murder shows truly how powerful religion is in the lives of the early 20th century Latin Americans.
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