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"Gabriel Garcia Marquez announced that he was abandoning literature for journalism until the Pinochet dictatorship disappeared from Chile." How far is this statement true with reference to Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

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QUESTION #3: "Gabriel Garcia Marquez announced that he was abandoning literature for journalism until the Pinochet dictatorship disappeared from Chile." How far is this statement true with reference to Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold? Patricia Do Rsario February 29, 2004 IB English Essay Mrs. Sankaran Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a novel written by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1981. This piece of work recounted the murder of a man for allegedly violating the law of honor. Marquez sets these dramatic events in a small town where everyday life continues in spite of the fact that everyone knows a murder will happen. Chronicle of a Death Foretold occupies a unique place among Marquez's works because the description and the narration is both journalistic and an example of fiction. Marquez normally uses journalistic techniques in his fictional writing. In most of his novels, he creates a high level of interest in the very first line of the text and he employs many journalistic details based on close observation throughout the novel. ...read more.

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In the novel, each character stands out because of the detailed description that Marquez gives them. The story has a plot where the author writes about what happens to the characters in the novel in a chronological way. This piece of work is written in a way where there is foreshadowing, flashbacks, and events that currently occurring within the town. In his novel, there are many different types of themes present such as honor, religion, and love. The traditions and customs of the town are so important in this text that the main point of the story, which is to investigate exactly why Santiago was killed, at the end becomes vague and unclear. The style of Marquez's writing is also very important. Marquez has used a unique style of writing, for instance how he chronically narrates the events in a way where there is always change in time, to try to depict his main themes. ...read more.

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold demonstrates Marquez's skills as a journalist rather than as a novelist. In a strange way, real life is replicated in the novel. This is because the narrator is suppose to inform the readers about what is occurring in the town, but instead, it is the novel that reports to the readers the narrator's return to the Colombian town to resolve the details of a murder twenty years after it had taken place. In an interview that Marquez once had with Juan Forero, Marquez said that he became a good journalistic by reading literature and that journalism, in return, helped him maintain contact with reality, which he considers essential to writing good literature. Even though the author was planning to temporarily abandon literature for journalism, in Chronicle of a Death Foretold he uses both these elements. He found a way to "mingle the real and the fictional1" together in his novel thus making it to some degree... both motivating and captivating. 1 Rabassa, Gregory. Garcia Marquez's New Book: Literature or Journalism? World Literature Today, University of Oklahoma Press, Vol. 56, No. 1, Winter 1982, pp. 48-51. ...read more.

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