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The Significance of Names in the Plots of Chronicle of a Death Foretold and The House of the Spirits

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Zephaniah Hopper Hopper 1 5/26/09 Mrs. Kirk IB World Literature The Significance of Names in the Plots of Chronicle of a Death Foretold and The House of the Spirits In Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Marquez uses actual names that appear to be non-symbolic with a minor exception. The way that Marquez uses names adds more to the uniqueness of the truth and falsehood of the plot. Conversely, in The House of the Spirits by Isabella Allende, names are very significant and symbolic. The House of the Spirits contains names that clearly symbolize that person's role and possible fate in the novel. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the plot involves much confusion and lacks chronological order; the novel shows subliminal confusion both in the structure and the climax of the novel. Names in the novel add to the confusion by bringing reality amidst magical realism, fictions and fantasy. The word "chronicle" means to record in a timely order, however, the book is actually told through the eyes of many viewers of the Santiago Nasaar murder in a non-sequential order, for it contradicts the title and presents situational irony. ...read more.


In relation to Santiago Nasaar, Jesus Christ is also seen as an innocent figure in the Bible, for he is condemned to crucifixion for blasphemy but was really only teaching the Word of God, he is also seen as a sinless human in Christianity which further promotes his innocence. Furthermore, the townspeople prompt and carry on Santiago Nasaar's death, mainly because someone has to be the scapegoat and take the blame due to Angela Vicario's loss of virginity. Even this action in the book correlates to the last hours of Jesus Christ's life, for in the last of hours of Jesus Christ, his death was greatly supported by the townspeople. Hopper 3 So as Nasaar is presented as a "Christ-Figure", it opposes the fact that all other names presented in the book are surprisingly non-representational. It also concludes that the book is made to confuse the reader by making a rather confusing plot via extreme variance and lack of chronological order. In House of the Spirits, names are very representational of characters and character's traits throughout the novel, and also have a profound effect on the book. ...read more.


Likewise, Rosa is another symbolic name. Rosa is from Spanish origins meaning "Rose", a flower that has symbolized beauty in almost all cultures and generations. Rosa in The House of the Spirits is the most beautiful girl that anyone has ever seen. Though rose flowers are admired for their beauty just as Rosa is, they have thorns that can damage the skin; Rosa in The House of the Spirits has her own thorns that eventually damage others. For she dies young and leaves Esteban Trueba heartbroken, and also the events of her autopsy leave Clara traumatized for many years. Because Chronicle of a Death Foretold uses ordinary names, it adds another asset to the already confusing plot, that of more confusion. Names such as Santiago Nasaar, Angela Vicario, etc. are non-symbolic and are a conflicting addition to the badly ordered chain of events that surround the death of Santiago Nasaar as well as magical realism used throughout the book. The House of the Spirits opposes this style of writing by adding names that are symbolic of that character's role in the story and thus the plot of the novel. Names such as Clara, Rosa and Alba foreshadow their roles in the story. ...read more.

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