Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada – Capitulo Uno
Andy Corridan (W)
There are contradicting references to the weather at various points throughout the novel. Some people recall that it was a bright and pleasant morning; however others remember that the weather was ‘funereal’. The poor weather conditions are closely linked with Santiago’s death; there is a strong sense that his death could have been prevented. The weather that day was just like the drizzle that featured in Santiago’s dream. 2.
This passage refers to the actions of the narrator. He reveals that he spent the night of the wedding with a prostitute and awoke to the ringing of the bells which he assumed were being sounded for the arrival of the bishop. By mentioning this, it shows that he wants to remove any suspicion that he could have had anything to do with the death of his friend as he spent the night elsewhere. 3.
The third passage tells of when Victoria Guzmán pulled out the insides of a rabbit by the roots and threw the steaming guts to the dogs. "Don't be a savage," he told her. "Make believe it was a human being." Victoria Guzman needed almost twenty years to understand that a man accustomed to killing defenseless animals could suddenly express such horror. This extract is ironic as Santiago is the one that will be pulled apart after the twins have had their way with him. It is unusual that he suddenly shows a sentimental side after years of killing animals in this way. The passage is like a foreshadowing of what will happen; it’s as if he somehow knows that he will be killed like this.
This passage refers to the bishop making the sign of the cross in the air as he left on the boat. He did this from memory, doing what we would call ‘going through the motions’; he is so accustomed to this that he does it naturally. Another major significance is what this causes Santiago to feel; he feels cheated as he contributed several loads of wood to...