Chronicle of a Death Foretold: Cultural Analysis
In America, there is a judicial system that helps justice prevail, to punish criminals, and let the innocent walk. The judicial system allows for there to be a trial where evidence is presented. Through the evidence presented, the jury then decides if the person on trial is innocent or guilty. Never in any trial, in any courthouse, under any judge would it be allowed for a murder to be justified so that one could restore a relative’s honor. However, this is not true in the location of Chronicle of a Death Foretold, as the Vicario twins were found innocent due to “legitimate case of honor, which was by the court upheld in good faith” (Marquez 48). The reason that this honor is upheld is because the Vicario twins live in a different culture. The story Chronicle of a Death Foretold allows a reader to look in on a different society and compare and contrast the cultures. There are many cultural related themes that are developed throughout the story. Some of the themes are stronger than others. These themes help show the book’s character and flavor. The goal of this paper is to thoroughly investigate various cultural aspects of Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. To achieve this goal I have organized this paper into four different themes relating to culture that was noticed throughout the book. The first idea that will be examined in the paper is the concept of magic realism. After magic realism, the paper will investigate how honor affect the society of the story. Following honor, the succeeding theme will be the roles and obligations that the two genders play in the Vicario brother’s culture. Afterwards I will conclude with a wrap-up of the essay. Lastly, there will be a works cited page for all of my sited resources. A chief theme throughout the entire book is the concept of magical realism. The unordinary use of detail to describe normal, ordinary events or things into a fantastic super natural event on...
Cited: García, Márquez Gabriel. Chronicle of a Death Foretold. New York: Knopf, 1983. Print.
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