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Tragedies of Faith

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Tragedies of Faith Many authors parallel the protagonist of their novels to other figures to make a direct comparison. Marquez forms congruence between Jesus and Santiago while Saadawi embodies a goddess of truth in Firdaus's character. Both these authors compare their main characters to heavenly figures and perceive their own individual perspective of truth. The parallels are woven within the pages, and the idea of an ultimate truth is attempted to be found. Truth by the narrator can be defined in many ways. In both Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Marquez and Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi each authors explores the idea of a truth with their own discernment. In Marquezs' Chronicle of a Death Foretold the truth is believed to be impossible to recover; on the other hand in Saadawis' Woman at Point Zero the truth is considered necessary and an important aspect of Firdaus's life. Marquez's and Saadawi's different approaches toward finding the truth will eventually lead to their own representation of it. Through the narrator's reliability, pursuit of the truth and the realization of this truth; both narrators achieves their own unique idea of representing truth. In Woman at Point Zero, Saadawi portrays Firdaus as a simple, honest woman who is driven by a tenacious and profound passion for an absolute truth. ...read more.


The narrator of Chronicle of the Death Foretold fails to capture the reader's trust and proves to be deceitful and erratic. Woman at Point Zero has an extremely organized structure which is mainly chronological. In this novel, Firdaus does not relate the events of past occurrences or future consequences with the present. Since there are no flashbacks or foreshadowing in this novel, it becomes apparent that Firdaus lives for the present. The novel is has three parts: the first part explains how Saadawi met Firdaus and her overall reaction. It focuses on the events leading up their meeting. The part ends with Saadawi meeting Firdaus and her dismayed reaction. The second part begins with Firdaus' narration of her life story, ending with the description of her capture and a sense of eternal freedom. Part three of the novel again switches to Saadawis' narration and a description of her state. The symmetry of the parts proves that Firdaus is extremely organized in her thoughts. The reader believes that Firdaus is honest because she refuses to behave according to the societal expectations. The basic structure of Woman at Point Zero, which is very simple and straightforward, captures the reader's trust all the more and allows them to judge Firdaus as a reliable narrator. ...read more.


Marquez strongly believes that the truth is almost impossible to discover. Although there is no evidence to support Angela Vicario's accusation that Santiago Nasar is the "....perpetrator. That's how she swears in the brief..." her brother's take revenge by killing Santiago (Marquez 117). The narrator repeatedly insists upon Santiago innocence by suggesting that "no one had ever seen [Santiago and Angela] together"(103). His innocence can also be justified since Nasar only shows confusion after learning the Vicario brother's intent "he turns pale and [looses] control in such a way that [is] impossible to think he [is] pretending" (135). Though Santiago Nasar is murdered for taking Angela's virginity no one really believes that Nasar is the "real cause of damage." (Marquez 103) Even the investigating magistrate is surprised since he does not find a single clue to prove that "Santiago Nasar has been the cause of the wrong" (117). The narrator even takes the initiative to meet Angela after twenty seven years to find out the truth. However, Angela Vicario never wavers from her original accusation. The narrator in the Chronicle of a Death Foretold never discovers the truth; thus, the real culprit of the crime remains a mystery. This indicates that the truth has been lost in the society and almost any interpretation can be made about the crime since the narrator provides the reader with no definite answer. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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