Themes in "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the themes in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Chronicle of a Death Foretold".
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Published on Mar 27, 2012 in Literature (World)

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The paper points out that in "Chronicle for a Death Foretold", the true facts are few and far between, with a narrator that is generally unreliable. The paper further discusses how the people of the town allow their own curiosity to override both their moral judgment and their perception of reality. The paper highlights how the uncertainty of the story emphasizes the uncertainty of intention and perception, but also reveals some profound and fundamental truths regarding human nature.

From the Paper:

"In few works is this concept more explicitly rendered than in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold. The facts of the plot are not under serious question here, but as the various perspectives and stories that make up this novel come together, it becomes clear that the true facts are few and far between. Santiago Nasar was murdered by Pedro and Pablo Viscario, that much is clear. It also seems clear that they did so believing he had taken their sister's virginity, and it is certain that they told many people of their plan shortly before it was carried out. The rest is left for the reader to guess; there are no other certainties of any real value to be found in the book. It is unclear whether or not Santiago had ever been with, let alone slept with, Angela Viscario, it is unclear that this would have been considered a just cause for his death, and it is unclear why the Viscario brothers were permitted to carry out the killing.
"This last point is one of the most essential questions asked in the story. The twins tell there plans to everyone they encounter between the time they make their plan and the time they carry it out. Even the local authorities are informed, and the twins have their knives taken away in order to prevent violence, but they are not themselves restrained and simply get other knives, have them sharpened, and succeed in stabbing Santiago to death outside his home."

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