POV in the Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Point of view is a great tool used by authors to help develop story plots. They are usually restricting and only show the reader what the reader needs to know at that point in the story. Different types of point of views generate different ideas and concepts in writings. In the Chronicle of a Death Foretold, First person point of view is used. Garcia Marquez uses this form of point of view greatly to his advantage in keeping the readers confused as different events unwind.
Narrating the story is the unnamed son of Luisa Santiago. The son returns to the river village after being gone for 27 years, and tries to reconstruct the events of the day that ends in the murder of Santiago Nasar. Usually when using first person, the narrator gives his own point of view but does not know what other characters are thinking. However, Garcia changes it up a bit by using first person as the narrator tells the story but he also tells the reader what other characters are thinking. This is a very difficult way of writing but gives the reader a full rounded understanding of what really happened to Santiago Nasar. Because the Narrator doesn’t know what happened it is suspenseful for the reader as he continues through his investigation. The more he knows, the more we know but the more questions that are created.
The Narrator’s profession is a journalist. This is significant to the point of view and the plot of the story because with the different experiences people go through, the way their mind processes information changes. With his journalistic instincts, the Narrator sees this incident as a crime investigation. He searches for facts and tries to put all the details together. Even the smallest details matter and every idea given have to be taken into consideration. The other characters in the story are like eye witnesses who must be interrogated to help put the puzzle together. “ Furthermore: all the many...
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