Chronicle of a Death Foretold Reflective Statement
How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the interactive oral?
I believe that I have gained a considerable amount of more knowledge and understanding about the cultural and contextual consideration of the work after completing the interactive oral. Before starting I had several questions such as ‘Why did the community not try and prevent the death of Santiago Nasar?’ I now feel I can write a sensible answer to this question and tackle other questions I did not fully understand. I believe the community at first appear to be a normal society with their own label in life, for example a job title, however I now feel that these labels are simply a mask for something greater and the whole community is living in hypocrisy.
When the brutal death of Santiago Nasar occurs, the community does nothing about it, but simply watch. This seemed particularly odd to me as for a compact, ‘gossiping’ society, I thought the support would be given. This reveals the realities of life and that people are selfish and inconsiderate. Thus making the community appear a ‘tribe of monsters’ who in the end are all to blame for the death of Santiago.
Another aspect I thought was interesting and broadened my knowledge of the cultural and contextual issues was the ‘broken mirror’ idea whereby the death of Santiago Nasar and trying to unravel the truth is like a broken mirror. The broken mirror effect is also explored when the community does not do anything to stop the murder, making them look like a very dysfunctional community. The broken mirror idea is explored towards the beginning of the novella, foreshadowing the future events and the outcome for Santiago Nasar.
Although the discussion was helpful, I now have different questions that are unanswered, for example ‘Did the Vicario Brother’s really kill Santiago Nasar to regain family honour and ‘Is religion as important as I originally believed it to be?’ The quest for perfection: a study of relationships in Chronicle of a Death Foretold
In Chronicle of a Death Foretold there are many themes being explored, one of the main ones being perfection. Perfection can be explored in many different ways, for example someone’s complexion being perfect, or a plan being perfect. Different people can perceive perfection differently; the study of relationships is an excellent example of this. Throughout the novella the society strives to gain what they believe is perfection, for example everyone desiring the perfect partner. This search for perfection links closely with family honour and reputation in the society, which are also key themes being explored. “The Vicario brothers had told their plans to more than a dozen people” indicates the Vicario brothers fear towards committing the crime, however they know to maintain their families honour and reputation, they have to murder Santiago Nasar. The Vicario brothers reflect the society’s views on perfection in that have to go to extreme measures to gain it.
The society all have similar ideas on who they believe are the perfect human beings, in particular Bayardo San Roman. His looks, charm and wealthy background result in the locals becoming a cult of obsessed monsters, thirsty for his charm and perfection. “Everybody says he’s enchanting” (Márquez, 2007: page 25) emphasises how perfect Bayardo is perceived as by the community, in particular, the diction ‘enchanting’ highlights the idea that he is irresistible. Magic realism is also introduced as this character has appeared out of nowhere and is seen as the definition of ‘perfect’. Bayardo demonstrates the ideal husband for the majority of women in the society, however as the novella progresses, you learn that even the most perfect people have faults. “The only time I tried to talk to him, twenty-three years later, he received me with a certain aggressiveness and...
Bibliography: Gabriel García Márquez, 2007. Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Translated from Spanish by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. London: Penguin.
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