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In Gabriel Garca Mrquezs Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Columbian society affects the personas of the myriad of characters, revealing societys flaws.

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Patel Kishan Patel Deanna Dowling IB English III 2 April 2012 Society’s Impact on Its People In the Latino society, various flaws are witnessed between the different traditions and cultural beliefs they possess. In Gabriel García Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Columbian society affects the personas of the myriad of characters, revealing society’s flaws. Through each character, Márquez is able to portray hypocrisy, sexual appeal, inability to unite with society and fortune as a part of the Latino society in the novella. Marquez illustrates how Columbian society is unable to unite as one. The narrator discusses with the older ladies by telling Angela Vicario that “The brothers were brought up to be men. The girls had been reared to get married” (Marquez 31). The author’s word choice ‘reared’ simply refers to how the girls are brought up in life. Detailing marriage as a time of joy and commitment with your partner, girls ironically in the Latino culture get married because they are persuaded to and are not given the choice to marry their loved one; they have to get married to the partner of the parent’s selection. Angela Vicario had already lost her virginity so she was “taught…old wives tricks” from local women to fake her “lost possession” so she can display a “linen sheet with the stain of honor” (38). Symbolizing virginity, the ‘stain of honor’ that Angela refers to is lost by the women placing their blood on a linen sheet. ...read more.

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Divina Flor, daughter but more importantly a mate for, by Ibrahim Nasar ?brought her to be a house servant? (63). This detail represents respect and honor, the reason why women cannot choose who they want to marry, along with them not being able to choose the life they want to live they desire, emphasizing that they must live a life chosen by men. Women in the Latino culture do not have a major roles or jobs in the Latino society, but when the women are given to do something, they are given the duty of the love making. Throughout the novella, people of this society follow a corrupted man; the bishop representing hypocrisy. The As the band musicians began playing the bishop?s anthem, he ?[makes]? the ?sign of the cross in the air? and ?[keeps] on doing it mechanically afterwards? (17). ?Mechanically? connotes that the bishop hypocritically makes the cross sign in the air without any thought. The bishop should make the ?sign of the cross? with thought of God or religion to show respect, but instead shows little thought or passion in making the cross, emphasizing that he is an unfaithful man. The bishop, irreverent with his actions, means that he does not care about what happens within the society, he will just bless them. The Vicario brothers were ?exhausted from the barbarous work?, ?their clothes and arms were soaked?, ?and their faces smeared with sweat and still living blood?, however the priest called their activity ?as an act of great dignity? (49). ...read more.

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Angela was sent home by Bayardo because she wasn’t a virgin. Angela, knowing which social class she belongs to, decides to name Santiago because he is of a higher social class. Santiago is a respected, wealthy, powerful man, and Angela, knowing these characteristics about Santiago, had chosen his name instead of anyone else’s. Santiago is seen as the protagonist because he is not the hero or the heroine of the novella. During Santiago’s childhood, he and his father “spoke in Arabic between themselves” however, they never spoke in Arabic when they were “in front of Plácida Linero” so she would not feel like an outsider (7). People such as Plácida, are highly praised due to their wealth, power, social rank, and of her Arab husband. Since the Arabs spoke amongst themselves they felt even more powerful, however, they were never discriminant towards Plácida, but they only speak it when she is not around, but when she is, it can be implied that they speak Spanish. Striking back at other people for a wrong doing is common in the Latino society which leads to revenge and conflicts that change a person’s persona from their normal nature to something completely different. Marquez portrays the hypocrisy, murder, sexual appeal, unable to unite with society, and fortune as various aspects of being part of a Latino society in this novella. Through the various roles that each character takes in this novel, Marquez evidently reveals the many flaws that society holds. Flaws that not only hurt the society itself, but flaws that would hurt society and culture to future generations. ...read more.

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