Chronicle Of A Death Foretold Analysis

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Knowledge is the information in which we perceive to be the truth of the world around us. However, all knowledge is susceptible to change depending of the bias of the character. Gabriel García Márquez demonstrates this issue in the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold by exploiting the understanding of knowledge through fabula and syuzhet. Vladimir Propp first popularized the concept of fabula and is described as the analysis of character experience in linear format. On the other hand, the concept of syuzhet was conceived by Viktor Shlovsky and is the story recounted by narration and is thus susceptible to change based on character experience. The trouble of syuzhet is that the experience of each character can be described differently. An example of this appears on page 4 in which characters voice different observations of the weather. Some describe the weather in a casual manor saying, “… it was a radiant morning with a sea breeze...” (Marquez 4) while others would disagree and describe the weather as “… funeral, with a cloudy, low sky and the thick smell of still waters,” (Marquez 4). This significant change in detail alters how the reader interprets the information being presented to them. Thus, changing the reader’s perception of how the story is being told. Chronicle of a Death Foretold is told as a non-linear narrative, which makes fabula more difficult to comprehend. Fabula may be used throughout the novel however is does not add any further detail to the novel and
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