Essay on Chronicle of a Death Foretold Reflective

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold: Cultural Analysis
In America, there is a judicial system that helps justice prevail, to punish criminals, and let the innocent walk. The judicial system allows for there to be a trial where evidence is presented. Through the evidence presented, the jury then decides if the person on trial is innocent or guilty. Never in any trial, in any courthouse, under any judge would it be allowed for a murder to be justified so that one could restore a relative’s honor. However, this is not true in the location of Chronicle of a Death Foretold, as the Vicario twins were found innocent due to “legitimate case of honor, which was by the court upheld in good faith” (Marquez 48). The reason that this honor is upheld is
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Her house is described as “a house with open doors, with several rooms for rent and an enormous courtyard for dancing lit by lantern gourds bought in the Chinese bazaars of Paramaribo” (64). Another instance is when Angela was being beat by her mother and said Santiago’s name. Marquez bends reality with fantasy when Angela starts to say Santiago’s name:
She only took the time necessary to say the name. She looked in the shadows, she found it at first sight among many, many easily confused names from this world and the other, and she named it to the wall with a well-aimed dart, like a butterfly with no will whose sentence has already been written. (47).
This quote is pulls one into a fantasy, regarding different worlds, and giving human-like qualities to animals. The lack of chronicle logical order contributes to the magic realism effect. By twisting around the order of the narrative this allows for a sense of inconsistency. This inconsistency followed by the sense of fantasy that is thrown into the story, throws the reader into different conceptual areas that he or she has to unravel. This magical realism that is found throughout the book also relates to the culture of the people. Santiago’s mother had a “well-earned reputation as an accurate interpreter of other people’s dreams.” Not is Santiago’s mother the only the only citizen to have a sense of magic realism but the whole town experiences magic realism. “No matter how much I scrubbed with soap and

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