Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold 

This passage from Marquez' Chronicle of a Death Foretold displays  numerous elements that through careful analysis, can reveal the  society in which the characters live and throw some light on the  character of the puzzling Santiago Nasar. 

The extract is taken from the first few pages of the . It  presents the first instance in which the reader is exposed tochronicle Santiago  Nasar's darker side, and gives a number of accounts of the series of  events preceding his unlucky demise. 

This passage reflects effectively the society in which these  characters live. The hypocritical nature of religious institutions in  the town is immediately introduced with the comparison of the 'church  pomp' (â„“1) surrounding the bishop's visit, to the 'movies' (â„“3).  Santiago's mother demonstrates her personal cynicism, by her obvious  indifference towards the occasion that seemed to be nothing but a  display of wealth and power, ('The only thing that interested his  mother…' (â„“3-4)). 

Despite living in a town in which religion plays an important part in  people's daily lives and the furore vis-à-vis Angela Vicario's loss of  virginity, Santiago Nasar and his father have no qualms about  deflowering - note the imagery - their young servant girls, who have  only just 'com[e] into bloom' (â„“19), 'in the fullness of [their]  adolescence' (â„“40-41). Although these sexual escapades are performed  'in secret' (â„“41-42), in a 'furtive bed' (â„“46), these double standards  seem accepted by society: Divina resigned herself to what she  considered that she was 'destined' (â„“45) for. 

While Victoria Guzman considers her affair with Ibrahim Nasar as an  expression of his 'affection' (â„“43), referring to 'seduc[tion]' (â„“40),  and 'love' (â„“41), however it seems that he used his power generated by  his wealth and higher social standing to exploit her: he later hires  her as 'a house servant' (â„“43). Racial...
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