Chronicles of a Death Foretold

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Shanice Naidoo

English 102: chronicle of a death foretold essay

Chronicles of a death foretold leaves the reader with many unanswered questions. However, the one question that leaves readers in suspense is one that questions Santiago Nasar’s innocence. Santiago Nasar is a young, handsome and wealthy man. He is also known to be a womanizer who will sleep with any women if the chance arises. These are some arguments in favor of Santiago Nasar being Angela Vicario’s perpetrator.” Santiago went about alone, just like his father, nipping the bud of any wayward virgin that would begin showing up in those woods” (page 90-91) this tells us that taking the virginity of young women is part of his ancestry, its apart of him .Age isn’t an issue to Santiago Nasar as we are made aware of his indecent affair at the age of 15 with a woman twice his age, Maria Alejandra Cervantes. The fact that he was engaged to Flora Miguel didn’t stop him from wanting to be intimate with Divina Flor, who was at that time starting to come into bloom, this once again invokes the reader to acknowledge the fact that Santiago Nasar will look for a sexual arousement where ever he can. Santiago Nasar sees women as mere sex objects. We are told of Angela Vicario’s beauty, so one can imagine that if she is as beautiful as described(page 31) then why wouldn’t Santiago Nasar be interested in her, after all he is known to sleep with beautiful women so it is highly likely that he slept with Angela Vicario too. On the other hand there are many reasons why one can doubt that Santiago Nasar is actually Angela Vicario’s perpetrator. The fact that Santiago Nasar referred to Angela as “your cousin the booby” (page 90), when he spoke about her, shows us that he saw her as a nerd or an immature person. The term ‘booby’ has no sexual connotation and doesn’t imply that Santiago saw her in an intimate manner. Angela was never allowed to leave the house alone; she was always...
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