William L. Richman
March 31, 2013
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
For starters, I would really love to point out that this short novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, really pulled me in. I’m going to discuss the role the women played throughout this story. First, I want to touch on the fact that it seemed a lot of important women played a very large part in the main characters, Santiago Nasar’s, life. Secondly, I want to discuss the knowledge these women knew of what was to happen to Santiago and the opportunities they had to intervene and possibly change the outcome. Last but not least, I want to get into the fact the Angela Vicario seemed to have held most of the power over Santiago’s fate in this novel. In my opinion, women played very important roles in this novel. As I stated earlier, women seemed to have played a large part in Santiago Nasar’s life. In the little time that takes place before Santiago’s dreadful death it seemed there was more of a presence of women than men in his life. Of course it goes without saying that an important figure in his life was his mother Placida Linero whom he lived with. In addition, he had women servants who lived with him as well. These women were Victoria Guzman, the cook, and Divina Flor, her daughter. Next we’re introduced to a woman named Clotilde Armenta who was the owner of the milk shop in the square. There’s also Margot, who was a close friend of Santiago’s as well as the sister of the narrator of the story. Flora Miguel, Santiago’s fiancé, played a large role in Santiago’s life for obvious reasons. Now, there’s Angelia Vicario, but I’ll get into more detail as to what role she played in his life in just a bit. Continuing, we’re introduced to Luisa Santiaga. Luisa Santiaga was Santiago’s godmother, Margot’s mother, and blood relative of Pura Vicario, Angela Vicario’s mother. Pura was also referred to as Purisima del Carmen in the novel. Last but not least, there was Maria...
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