Examples Of Chauvinism In Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold, a novella by the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, chronicles the events as witnessed by townspeople of the murder of Santiago Nasar by the two Vicario brothers. The non-linear story, which is constructed by an anonymous narrator, takes place in a small, tightly knit, Colombian town 27 years after the brutal murder. Within the non sequential story line, the theme of male chauvinism, referred to as machismo, is highly evident. The male chauvinism in Chronicle of a Death Foretold can be viewed as an emphasis on male pride and on the character’s sexual behavior. This sensation of male superiority is heavy in the some of the practices of citizens. These practices which include defending one’s honor, honor killings, and marriage, are promoted by social expectation and personal obligation. …show more content…
al, 180). For example, in American society, it is expected than a child will grow up, get married, and start a family of their own. This does not always happen, but it is a social expectation to do so. A personal obligation is a personal force that binds ones to the courses of action demanded by that force. One may feel personally obligated to work hard and do their homework in order to maintain their GPA. Social expectations and personal obligations may work hand in hand as one may feel personally obligated to conform to social expectations. In Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold, social expectation and personal obligation play a role in fostering male chauvinism and some of the many practices in Colombian society like marriage, defending one’s honor, and honor

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