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Vigilantes in Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Death and the Maiden

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  • Submitted: 20/02/2012
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International Baccalaureate World Literature

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The Conflicting Interpretations of Vigilantes as Transgressors and as Victims as seen in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold and in Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden

Since the idea of vigilante justice is a clearly relevant in today's society, it is not surprising that we find frequent references to it in novels focused primarily on crime and attempted avoidance of the legal system, such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden. While vigilantism is not a commonly seen idea in the majority of literature, when it is, conflicting contours and interpretations of it are extensively manifested. By gaining exorbitant amounts of comprehension regarding the subject of vigilantism, one can then undertake on the journey that is the attainment of insight into many of the ideas that the writers were originally attempting to convey. This paper will compare the ways in which different works of literature use the idea of vigilante justice to further their plot progressions.

Midway through Chronicle of a Death Foretold, one of the central characters, Pablo Vicario, talks about the murder of Santiago Nasar that he and his brother Pedro

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