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 motherâ€¦' (â„“3-4)).
Despite living in a town in which religion plays an important part in people's daily lives and the furore vis-Ã -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...