A Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel-Garcia Marquez. Essay

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A Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel-Garcia Marquez.

The book "A Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel-Garcia Marquez is about a murder in a small South American Village. It is based on an actual murder that took place in 1951 in the town of Sucre, Colombia.
This novel provides a detailed insight to the culture of Latin America as it pertains to many aspects of an individuals life. Instances such as religion, marriage, death, and justice and interactions due to the concepts of honor and gender. Culture in most respects should be looked at holistically. Examining specific ideas and concepts within it become seemingly difficult because they form an intricate web, which can be related to other concepts and premises.
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This book carries a very strong religious overtone to it. Even the character names are reminiscent of many popular names from the New and
Old Testaments of the Bible and several names have religious translations. The primary religion of many South and Central American countries is Catholicism as indicated by the book Distant Neighbors by
Alan Riding. Catholicism can also be inferred through the actions of the bishop in that he gave the sign of the cross and the presence of confessionals in the local church. Most of the characters in the book carry an impression of being "two faced-Christians" in that they will follow the scripture and attempt (and for the most part, believe) to be good people of their faith but commit some of the more atrocious sins. It should be noted that during the course of this story all of what are commonly referred to as the Seven Deadly Sins could have been arguably compromised.

Angela Vicario, her name literally meaning Angel, fell short of her purity. Not only did she loose her virginity outside the vows of matrimony she felt ashamed by doing so and attempted to keep it a secret, disguise it. She had lost her virginity because she had been told "that God understood such things" which she knew was untrue but wanted to believe anyway.

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