Chronicle of a Death Foretold Essay
2) “Where other people exist genuine individuality is never possible” To what extent does this statement reflect the experiences of the central characters and the problems the encountered in CDF?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ novella Chronicle of a Death Foretold portrays a theme of struggle for genuine individuality through the first person perspective of an unnamed narrator in a small Columbian sea-port town during the 1950’s. Through the characterization of central characters; Bayardo San Roman and Angela Vicario, the author criticizes the culture of this Columbian town as he strongly implies how the community’s obsessive concern of the honor and reputation of an individual can lead to the impediment of character growth and individuality.
Within the narrator’s characterization of Bayardo San Roman in chapter two, the narrator also characterizes the townspeople’s values and conventional interest in the business of others. The first time Bayardo San Roman appeared to the town, all the townspeople were curious about the arrival of this mysterious man, and aspired to obtain knowledge based on his status and wealth. This was apparent when the narrator’s mother wrote about Bayardo’s arrival in a letter to her son, providing details about his occupation as a “track engineer”, his ability to “doing everything.. quite well” and his “access to endless resources”(26-27). Due to the fact that the “people like him (Bayardo) a lot” (27), respect is shown to him by the community. Wealth and status are evidently valuable qualities to have as a man during this time period. As a man of great reputation, Bayardo at this point in the novella, desires to further enhance his status by finding a wife. He tells the townspeople that he has been “going from town to town looking for someone to marry” (26), suggesting that Bayardo has a strong belief in the traditions of this society that a man his age should settle down, and begin a family....
Bibliography: -Márquez, Gabriel García. Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Trans. Gregory Rabassa. New York: Vintage Books, 1982.
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