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To what extend are the characters of Chronicles of a Death Foretold by Marquez and Ghosts by Ibsen hypocritical about their religion

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To what extend are the characters of Chronicles of a Death Foretold by Marquez and Ghosts by Ibsen hypocritical about their religion In some communities religion is seen as the daily bread of many lives, thus shaping the way the community lives and the way they perceive the world. Religion being foundation of some lives, people use it as a way to obtain peace for one's soul, yet others can take advantage of religion to fulfill their material needs. To what extent could religion be a fa�ade in a community? In Chronicles of a Death Foretold by Marquez and Ghosts by Ibsen, the idea of religion playing an important part in their lives is very well portrayed, yet, the contradiction of religion being a fa�ade is very well regarded amongst the characters. In Chronicles of a Death Foretold, Marquez states straight away from the beginning of the novel that the bishop was going to arrive at the village. From his quotations it was clear that the event would be very significant to the community. On the first page the narrator of the novel mentions that - "Santiago Nasar got up at five thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on". ...read more.


his shoulders" - is given when the characters Pastor Manders is first introduced at the play as Pastor Manders arrives at Mrs. Alving's house. The immediate impression that the reader has when reading this passage would be that the pastor is not a true follower of the religion, as he is presented to be very sophisticated. Later on page 98 when he encounters Regina as he walks in the house, he says - "Filled out? Well, perhaps a little; just enough" - analysing this passage, one could get the idea of Pastor Menders being "flirting" with Regina. Furthermore analysis, it could be drawn the conclusion that Pastor Manders wishes the people would be against the society rules i.e. he could have a chance of expressing himself with no remorse. Being pastor this would not be appropriate, hence causing the image of a fa�ade towards religion and making the characters hypocritical. In Chronicles of a Death Foretold the narrator says that the bishop did not leave the boat when he got to the village, as everyone from the community was expecting. Taking the passage on page 16 - "the bishop began to make the sign of the cross in the air opposite to the crowd on the pier, and he kept doing ...read more.


Mender" - the extract quoted provides evidence that Mr. Alving as broken, what can be called, a superior rule in a religious sphere. Adultery in religion is usually regarded as a deadly sin to commit, yet, a religious man like Mr Alving would not be expected to commit such act. This kind of unexpected act from a religious man supports the idea that characters in Ghosts by Ibsen contradict their religious believes by expressing their inner sentiment, consequently being hypocritical about their religion. After the comparison made by two different works, it can be definitely said that religion can dominate one's mind to the extent that may also limit their actions. Yet again, in both works religion played an important role in judging the characters moral views. In Ghosts by Ibsen, the message conveyed supports the thought that characters in the play hide themselves behind their beliefs and customs in order to mask their act. Similarly, in Chronicles of a Death Foretold by Marquez, religion is shown to be a dominate aspect in the character's lives. In addition, the community shows overwhelming devotion to the religions. However, they also failed to follow their religion rules. Enough evidence was given to support the idea that communities can be hypocrites about their religion, hence, driving towards the failure of their beliefs. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kathia D.E.Zimba DPI 09/10 ...read more.

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