Restoring Female Honor?
Candidate: Nikesha Deenoo
Harry Ainlay High School
"Honor" is important to many families of ethic cultures and is often highly protected by any means necessary, as it gives a family its status and identity in society. In Spanish culture, female daughters hold the honor of a family, which is determined solely by their purity as a virgin. The Chronicles of a Death Foretold is a novel by Gabriel Garcia Márquez, which highlights this importance in Spanish culture. Moreover, it is the duty and obligation of the men in the family to protect a woman's reputation through any means necessary. In exchange for their honor Pablo and Pedro kill Santiago Nasar; Angela's perpetrator, so the family honor is restored. The killing in The Chronicles of A Death Foretold is necessary as a means of restoring the female honor, because it allows for the prevention of an innocent death and a marriage of a "disgraced" women.
The title of the novel itself reveals the general nature of the plot and has two references to storytelling; chronicle and foretold. The novel seems to be an investigation, from the narrator's point of view. The narrator is not only the storyteller, but the investigator; therefore the novel only reveals facts that the narrator seems relevant. Moreover, the narrator has a close association with Santiago Nasar, as he is his friend and his mother is the godmother of Santiago Nasar. The narrator takes the audience into the life of Angela Vicario, who was rapped by Santiago Nascar when he had "caught [Angela] alone" (14). When Angela's virginity is lost, supposedly to Santiago, she is the one tainted with disgrace that stained her entire family name. "[She] felt like the drowsiness of death " (52) would lead to her downfall in the novel. She realizes that she was as close to death as "[she] thought [they were] going to kill [her] "... [continues]
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