Racism in Latin American Literature
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This paper examines how social stratification in terms of gender, socio-economic status, and race are the themes explored by Marquez and Morrison in the cultures of oppression and racism illustrated in the novels, "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" and "The Bluest Eye", respectively. It looks at how, in "Chronicle of a Death Foretold", the great divide between the poor and wealthy classes of Latin-American society is evident, as witnesses that have encountered Nasar prior to his death delivered accounts that bring out great hostility against the murdered man. It shows how, similar to Marquez's theme, Morrison illustrates the culture of racism affecting the society and individuals' perceptions of each other. However, unlike Marquez's novel, Morrison's Pecola succumbed to insanity as a form of escape from the oppression and racism that she cannot get away from in both the black and white American societies.
From the Paper:"Marquez's portrayal of the culture of oppression is illustrated explicitly in the novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, which narrates the events leading to the death of Santiago Nasar. In this novel, the great divide between the poor and wealthy classes of Latin-American society is evident, as witnesses that have encountered Nasar prior to his death delivered accounts that bring out great hostility against the murdered man. An illustration of Nasar and his family's oppressive nature within their town is shown in the first part of the novel. Nasar's unpleasant and unpopular behavior and image in the village is chronicled by the Narrator/author's accounts of the events that happened prior to his death."
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