• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The social environment as presented by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Extracts from this document...


World Literature Assignment 2 Word Count : 1475 words The social environment as presented by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in ?Chronicle of a Death Foretold? ?Chronicle of a Death Foretold? does not merely chronicle the history of the events that led to the untimely death of the protagonist Santiago Nasar ,but also chronicles the social environment in which this event occurred. In the narrative the author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, narrates through this travesty of events the social environment that prevailed in Colombia during those times. Marquez uses the cultural setting and the values adhered in Colombia as a justification for the murder of Santiago Nasar. However it is required to understand the social environment prevailing in Colombia at that time in order to understand the reasons and the manner of the killing of Santiago Nasar. The title of the novel itself suggests that Nasar?s death was inevitable and pre-planned-his murder was considered to be a matter of the Latino cultural code of honor-to be an ?honor killing?. It is commonly believed that the reason why honor is considered a driving force in a person?s life is because it determines how the rest of the society judges that person?s honesty, sincerity and integrity. ...read more.


?The parents decisive argument was that a family dignified by modest means had no right to disdain that prize of destiny.? [2]Hence their concern was the material gain that they would receive through this alliance. Marquez portrays women as helpless creatures within Colombian society who had no say or freedom to express their opinion. Women were considered vulnerable and their aspirations were regarded as insignificant and trivial. Significantly Angela?s marriage to Bayardo because of his wealth epitomizes how commitment to a rich man was the only means by which a woman could obtain financial security in her life. Women did not enjoy any individual worth nor could they command a say in their own lives, hence they were forced to follow the dictats of the men in their parental home and later the husband, once married. Angela?s mother lived her life in a very constricted social environment and felt it is perfectly in order for Angela to follow the same norms without any questions or hesitation. Thus Marquez has portrayed women as totally domesticated creatures who have been taught to live within the confines of their homes and never to overstep the boundaries of their narrow societal beliefs. ...read more.


Thus through this event, Marquez ultimately reveals a society in which moral frameworks such as the law and religion appear to be ineffective to mentor and secure the citizens. Marquez?s portrayal of Colombian society is one in which he has depicted a very narrow-minded and petty social structure where violence predominates and social customs which have been passed down through generations are allowed to prevail. In order to practice these and uphold their values they are willing to kill in cold blood and there is no stigma attached to such killings, in fact it is celebrated as an honor killing. Such an incident as presented in the story of Nasar can only be realistically acceptable in a society such as the Colombian society. In any free thinking society, such a story of blood and gore would not be acceptable or believable. Hence, Marquez has been able to capture the essence of the story as well as the Colombian society in all its stilted detail in order to make the novel chronicle the events which he has described. ________________ [1] Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Pg 49 [2] Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Pg 34 [3] Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Pg 65 [4] Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Pg 65 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. These two short stories The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World and A Very ...

    Instead, they "[feel] magnanimous" and decide to put the angel on a raft with three days worth of provisions and "leave him to his fate on the high seas". But, this is hardly magnanimous, and these acts pale in comparison to the way the people in "The Handsomest Drowned Man Alive" treated their strange visitor.

  2. How is morality presented in the novels Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel ...

    Marquez also points out that the brothers never showed "any indication of remorse" (p.49) to emphasise that they had no contemplation of questioning this lubricous logic. No moral injustice had been done according to them, "God and...men" (p.49). This lucidly highlights the hypocritical nature of the machismo element in the makeup of men in such a religious social construct.

  1. Mrquez's Use of Narrative and its Impacts on A Chronicle of a Death Foretold

    to previous details or establishes why they may be important, as an alternative he offers his opinion on unimportant details. As a result, by using an insufficient narrator, M�rquez is able to pinpoint the indeterminateness of a case that has not been investigated in 27 years.

  2. The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Drowned ...

    how they lazy to accept anything that could change their daily lives. The first reactions of the men in both stories were similar. In Marquez's story, the village children were frightened as they thought it was like "enemy ship" or "whale".

  1. Chronicle of a Death Foretold. How does Marquezs use of labels reflect the ...

    It is very ironical that a woman is judged by the label she wears, and she must make sacrifice her sexuality, her desires and her right to lead her life on an equal footing with man. One of the main concerns of Marquez behind writing this historical novel in a

  2. Discuss the Role of Society and Honour Codes in "Blood Wedding" by Garcia Lorca.

    She is determined to keep her son, the Bridegroom, away from this generational conflict, and blurts when her son talks of wielding a knife for cutting grapes, ?The knife, the knife! Damn the knife, damn all knives, damn the devil who created knives.? (Mother, page 1). Man proposes: god disposes.

  1. The Criticism of Roman Catholicism in "Chronicle of a Death Foretold".

    When the priest realizes that his followers are about to commit a severe crime that violates the ideals of Catholicism, he should intervene and chastise the followers instead of passively standing by. On the other hand, Father Amador simply puts such a responsibility off on to the laps of the civil authorities.

  2. The significance of virginity in Chronicle of a Death Foretold as a ...

    The novel is a strong depiction of a society that has stereotyped values and sets for men and women. Man is the breadwinner. He has every right to enjoy his life, and exercise his prerogative to choose from plenty of girls for marriage.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work