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The Subliminal Role of the Church
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The Role of Catholicism in Dom Casmurro,
Pedro Paramo, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Catholicism flourished in Latin America as a religion and as part of everyday Latin American culture and life; this aspect is reflected in Juan Rulfo's Pedro Paramo, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis' Dom Casmurro, as well as in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Catholicism does not play a central role in these novels but serves as a subliminal factor in the plot or as a feature of a subplot. In Dom Casmurro, Catholicism serves as a central motif in the first part of the novel and also serves to create a conflict between love and religion. In Pedro Paramo, the incapability and hypocrisy of religion is hinted at through the character of Father Renteria. The Catholic ideas of heaven and purgatory also parallel the setting of Comala as a town "at the very mouth of Hell" (Rulfo, 6). Meanwhile, in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Catholicism is used as a device of irony, where the arrival of the bishop which usually signals new life is instead a portent of Santiago Nessar's eminent death. The unifying element in all
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