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"A Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel-Garcia Marquez.

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The book "A Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel-Garcia Marquez is about a murder in a small South American Village. It is based on an actual murder that took place in 1951 in the town of Sucre, Colombia. This novel provides a detailed insight to the culture of Latin America as it pertains to many aspects of an individuals life. Instances such as religion, marriage, death, and justice and interactions due to the concepts of honor and gender. Culture in most respects should be looked at holistically. Examining specific ideas and concepts within it become seemingly difficult because they form an intricate web, which can be related to other concepts and premises. Actions, dialog and even the descriptions of objects, people, and scenes enable readers to formulate a basic outline of the culture exhibited by the society expressed by Marquez. The story takes place in a small South American town some time in the mid-nineteenth century. While the story makes no direct mention of the year or city many sources indicate it was based on an actual event and dealt with people the author knew directly. It is an unconventional recollection of the author to the events prior to, during, and following the murder of a Santiago Nasar, wealthy young local Arab man. ...read more.

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which she knew was untrue but wanted to believe anyway. Religion was seemingly reinterpreted so that people could do things they knew they should not. Christianity, for the most part teaches forgiveness and repentance. Among the most slanderous actions against the faith, is murder. But within the Spanish culture expressed by Marquez murder is "okay" granted there're certain conditions met. The day of the murder marks a very important day for the town in that was the day of the arrival of the Bishop. The Bishop being an important figure in the religion and in the eyes of the town people acting incredibly distant from the people by only contacting the town through a series of mechanically driven crosses "without malice of inspiration" to them. To them the Bishop represents a closer interaction with God much closer than the local priest. Catholicism has a tremendously hierarchical following of power. It is retains a feudal system premise that roughly directs power from God, to Pope, to Archbishop, to Bishop, to priestly followers, to the people. His insensitive and apathetic attitude disheartened many people, including Santiago. It broke the fragile linear path of the faith. The first place the Pedro and Pablo went after killing Santiago was to the parish house. ...read more.

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He was traveling across the country searching for a wife. Needless to say, he may have been living a far more promiscuous lifestyle than anyone else in the story, but in the end he would be viewed as "the victim". Other points indicate the domestication of women once they are wed to a man. Pura Vicario was at one time a school teacher but stopped teaching once she got married. Pura explains that she taught her daughters what can be characterized as female trades like "...sew embroidery, weave bone lace, wash and iron, make artificial flowers and fancy candy, and write engagement announcements." Another example is that as wedding gifts Bayardo received a new car and Angela received a gold plated 24 person dinner set. The indication of gender roles is abundantly clear that upon marriage men take on responsibilities for taking care of family by means of employment and the women practically regress into becoming pure domicile dwelling individuals. Ones culture within a society provides many individuals with many different interpretations of commonly accepted ideas and themes. "A Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez outlines much of the culture of a small Latin American town and demonstrates the intricacies of culture. Various concepts have direct involvement with the carrying out of other concepts. Defending ones honor in an act that would bring about death coincides with justice, which often times materializes in the act that defies religion ...read more.

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