Magic Realism in "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" Book Review by PeakPerformer

Magic Realism in "Chronicle of a Death Foretold"
An analysis of the theme of magic realism in "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
# 113759 | 1,930 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2008 | IN
Published by on May 07, 2009 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Spanish)

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Within the context of magical realism, this paper attempts to delineate the character of Angela Vicario ,from "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, primarily, as a product of her marginalized gender and class in a contemporary Latin American town. Further, it analyzes her as an individual who in spite of the rigid socio-cultural constructs of acceptable femininity, code of honor and marriage, 'magically' rises from subjection to subjectivity. The paper also examines the larger fabric of this novel which is fraught with rich suggestiveness, ambiguity and contradiction as it questions the legitimacy of an act of murder (Santiago's) which has been committed without its reason being either proved or justified.

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"The interplay of several statements given by various witnesses and members of the society locates Angela as a "perfect" girl who was "reared to get married." The narrative fits her well within the model of traditional-cultural notions of attractive femininity. The omniscient narrator underlines her suitability as a prospective wife as she was the "prettiest" amongst the Vicario girls. Further, she could also "sew by machine, wash and iron ... and write engagement announcements." Moreover, to quote the narrator's mother, "any man will be happy with them (Vicario girls) because they have been raised to suffer". These quotes make important statements on the gender based marginalization of as Angela. It exposes the constructed nature of gender, wherein girls are trained to perform certain duties in order to fulfill a particular role in a patriarchal set-up. "

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