A Comparative Analysis of 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' and 'The Metamorphosis'

957 Words Jan 29th, 2018 4 Pages
In Chronicle of a Death Foretold and in The Metamorphosis, identities and truth are malleable substances, obscuring the truth. Both these stories therefore have a strong existential component, but it is doubtful that their respective protagonists come to terms with or learns from his or her existential angst. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the titular death is that of Santiago Nasar. Nasar is like the symbolic counterpart to Gregor Samsa in Kafka's Metamorphosis. Both Nasar and Samsa have been unfairly stigmatized; it is Nasar and Samsa who contend with their own mortality. Although Nasar and Samsa share a common fate being stigmatized and facing alienation as well as existential angst, Angela Vicario is cast as the protagonist in Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold. The central characters in both Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Metamorphosis suffer because of their worldview and value system, leading to stigma and existential angst.
In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, protagonist Angela Vicario lives with several persistent delusions that cloud her worldview and prevent her from being happy. Likewise, Vicario's distorted vision of reality creates great danger, leading possibly to the death of Santiago Nasar. Even if Nasar and Vicario did sleep together as the town seems to believe, it is within…
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