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Cult of Machismo in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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The Effect of Machismo in Chronicle of a Death Foretold Chronicle of a Death Foretold consists of many different themes that can be recognized by the reader. One of these themes is the topic machismo. Machismo is a strong or exaggerated sense of manliness, sense of power, or the right to dominate. This theme in turn can be related to the theme of moral responsibility. In this novel the power to dominate is aimed towards women. Machismo used in this novel can also be observed as a form of emphasis on male pride and on the characters sexual behaviour. This story takes place during a time when women were looked at and considered to be inferior to men. Women at that time were looked at as a possession. They were the possession of their fathers, husbands, and even brothers. ...read more.

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One man's use of machismo commits another man's use of it -Bayardo's refusal to accept Angela leads the Vicarios to kill Santiago without trial or evidence. Honour In the culture of the Colombian town in which the narrative takes place, honour is taken very seriously. Nobody in the novel ever questions any action that is taken to preserve someone's honour, since it is commonly believed to be a fundamental moral trait that is vital to keep intact. A person without honour is an outcast in the community. All of the characters in the novel are influenced by this powerful construction of honour. The defence of this ideal is directly responsible for Santiago Nasar's murder. The Vicario brothers kill Santiago in order to restore the honour of their sister. ...read more.

Conclusion

Role of Men At the time of the stories setting, men were considered much more important than women. The women must treat them well, whilst the men could treat the women however they so desired. The women always had to treat the men with a certain level of respect, and men would always be more dominant than women. But at the same time as filling the role of master, they also filled the role of protector. There job was to protect and provide for their families, through working, but also proving their strength. The roles of men and women were very clearly set throughout Latin American society at the time. The man would earn the money and bring home the food, whilst the woman would ...read more.

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