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Religion Distortion in Chroncile of a death foretold

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THEME RELIGION DISTORTION Religion plays an integral role in The Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia. It is generally considered by most readers that the initial chapters don't consist of the religious and spiritual makeup of the townspeople but in fact, religion is subliminally present even earlier, within the title of the novel itself. The word "Death" is integrally and inextricably linked with religious matter. After all, birth and the inevitably of death are the two most important and debatable points in religion. Religion is meant to be a solid force, helping society to bond better and progress in a civilized manner. For the same purpose, religion, with its laws and codes of conduct, monitors peoples' way of life to ensure that humanity remains intact and that the world does not collapse into a chaotic blood-thirsty pandemonium. ...read more.


The family believes that upholding the honor is righteous, and in doing so the sin of murdering Nasar is downplayed. Furthermore, when the brothers put down their knives in front of the priest, instead of giving them advice or condemning them, the priest "recalled the surrender as an act of dignity" (49). This is in total conflict with Catholicism as it is amongst the Ten Commandments that "Thou shall not kill" and thus it illustrates that even the priest of the town has lost the knowledge of the true religion. Marquez cements the corruption of religion as even father Amador protected the brothers and not only him but "the lawyer stood by the thesis of homicide in legitimate defense of honor, which was upheld by the court in good faith" (48). ...read more.


Marquez, throughout the novel, cements the fact the religion has a different meaning in the town where this story takes place and that the true meaning of religion has been chased away by its people. Equally important, Marquez highlights, "My sister the nun, who wasn't going to wait for the bishop because she had an eighty proof hangover, couldn't get him to wake up." This again shows that while drinking is forbidden in the religion, the religious person, a nun of the town, drinks to such an extent that she gets a hangover. The parody of religious figures and symbols concludes when Santiago Nasar is alluded to as a Christ like figure martyred for machismo. Even if any other allusions are missed by the readers, this final attacking allusion looks into the reader's face leaving him without a hint of doubt regarding the "befittingly mocking treatment" which demonstrates the ugly face of the religion in the novel. ...read more.

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