Ritual in "Pedro Paramo" and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold"
An exploration of use of ritual in the Latin American cultures represented in the works "Pedro Paramo" by Juan Rulfo and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Marquez.
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This paper discusses how, in the Latin American cultures represented in the works "Pedro Paramo" by Juan Rulfo and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Marquez, ritual plays a major role in the lives of the people. It examines how the authors use the rituals of religion and love to show the power ritual has over the people and how the rituals that the characters in the novels live by shape who they are and what they do. It shows how manifestations of love in "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" are ritualistic and how the novel itself is a ritual, which re-enacts Santiago Nasar's death. It also looks at how "Pedro Paramo" uses the ritual of religion to show how corrupt the town becomes. It demonstrates how the message of corruption, through ritual, is being portrayed by both authors to show the downfall and fallibility of man and how the characters take rituals and corrupt them to fit their needs and wishes rather than respecting the rituals for what they represent.
From the Paper:"The first example of ritual found in Chronicle of a death Foretold is the courtship ritual carried out by Bayardo in his search for Angela's love. When Bayardo San Roman first comes to town, he decides to marry Angela Vicario, whom he has never met. His courtship of Angela demonstrates the rituals of Latin American marriage in their culture. He brings her a gift of a music box inlaid with mother-of-pearl for her birthday, and obtains everything his future bride asks for. Marquez writes "He, just to impress her, had bought all the tickets in the raffle" (Marquez 32)1 so that he was sure to win the music box that she desired. The purpose of this courtship ritual is not to cause the lovers to fall deeper in love, but rather to demonstrate the man's affluence and power."
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Ritual in "Pedro Paramo" and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (2003, December 16) Retrieved September 23, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/ritual-in-pedro-paramo-and-chronicle-of-a-death-foretold-46191/
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