Chronicles of a Death Foretold

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Passage 1: Chronicles of a Death Foretold

Barely in the first passage of the book Chronicles of a Death Foretold, the author has already raised many questions for the readers. Ultimately, this novel can be classified into the mystery genre.

Firstly, not only does the title of the book suggests "death," but also the very first sentence of the book "On the day they were going to kill him... to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on." confirmed this idea. The author has caught the readers' thoughts early, for instance, a reader may ask, "why is Santiago Nasar getting killed? Did he commit a crime? Murder?" or, "what does the bishop have to do with the story? Why is he coming on a boat?" As we all know, a book classified under the genre of mystery often carries, and resolves around the idea of "death." Which this book obviously does.

Secondly, in the first paragraph, the author also briefly summarized Santiago Nasar's dream in an ironic way. "He'd dreamed he was going through a grove of timber trees where a gentle drizzle was falling ... but when he awoke he felt completely spattered with bird shit." Why is the dream of a man who is about to die important enough that it can be placed as an introduction to the book? The readers may feel that the whole book could be written in flashback, because in the second paragraph the author wrote, "Placida Linero, his mother, told me twenty seven years later..." A reader may ask, "who is the protagonist? Is it Santiago Nasar? Or is it the narrator?" There is so much more plot to be developed, and there is no way for the readers to interpret what is going to happen next. Again, this style classifies under the mystery genre.

Furthermore, in the second paragraph, the idea of "dream-telling" was set up. "She had a well-earned reputation as an accurate interpreter of other people's dreams, provided they were told her before eating, but she hadn't noticed any ominous augury in those two dreams of her sons, or in...
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