Discuss the Gender Relations in the Novel. How Are Men and Women Treated Differently? Does This Different Treatment Affect the Novel’s Development?

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Andreas Toumazou 16/4/08
English IBChronicle of a Death Foretold

Discuss the Gender Relations in the Novel.
How are Men and Women Treated Differently?
Does this Different Treatment Affect the Novel’s Development?

In this novel men and women are treated very differently. Men are portrayed reigning over women in the time and place the novel is set. Male dominance also gives us an idea of where and when the story takes place. We find out that the story that the story takes place somewhere tropical in the Caribbean at sometime near the 1950s.

The men in Chronicle of a Death Foretold are more or less shown as people who enjoy social freedoms and also as people who have, as the narrator states, “Urges that are sexual.” In the specific society of the novel, the men are more or less to do as they please. There are no strict rules about their sexual freedom. An example of this is when most of the men, single or even engaged go to prostitutes to control their urges. The only thing they weren’t allowed to morally do was to deflower a virgin girl if they were not married. An example of this is when Santiago and his friends would sleep around with different girls and prostitutes, but at the same time some of them had fiancés and were due to marry.

Women were also treated very differently where their sexual rights were concerned. Women were supposed to be, “Good girls,” and get married someday. They were supposed to stay virgins until their wedding night.

However, men have duties that women do not. The boys were raised to be the, “Men,” of the house when their father died and bore a great deal of responsibility. The type of men in this book would have to be described as leaders, strong, and responsible. The men would also have to protect their family’s honor, because in those days, honor was more important than anything.

The women in this book however had very different roles. They were not expected to be solders or...
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