Chronicle Of A Death Foretold By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Published in 1981 and written by the Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the novella “Chronicle Of A Death Foretold” is a pseudo-journalistic depiction of the death of a young, Arab man more than two decades after it happened. Set in Catholic Colombia, where every character’s actions are intrinsically shaped by religion, the author explores deeper societal issues within this town of God-fearing individuals. Although a judicial inquest concluded two brothers, Pedro and Pablo Vicario, murdered Santiago Nasar, for allegedly taking their sister’s virginity, the narrator insinuates the entire town was complicit in the crime, all obeying a collectively determined religious honour code. The novella therefore provides a criticism of 1950’s…show more content…
Additionally, they found a “deep stab in the right hand” (page 44), which resembles the holes left in Christ’s hands from nails pinning him to the cross. Through such allusion, Garcia Marquez rebukes the town for maintaining Catholic values while murdering Santiago in a vicious and similar fashion to their religious idol.

The author further suggests religious values within this town are diluted through the location of the town and the Bishop’s short-lived visit. The fact that the Bishop “did not get off his boat” to visit the town suggests that the religion within this town is not whole. Garcia Marquez therefore uses the bishop’s visit as a way to highlight the twisted religious values and hypocrisy within 1950’s Colombian town. This is also reinforced by the position of the town, with the river as the only means of entrance and exit. This demonstrates that the town is cut off from the major part of Colombia and therefore created their own religious laws.

Another element of religious hypocrisy is the autopsy that is conducted upon Nasar after his death. Father Amador, the town priest, performs the autopsy, due to the absence of the town doctor. It is made evident that the priest was incredibly unqualified to perform this task in the quote “it was as if we killed him all over again after he was dead” (pg43). Despite his obvious inability, the town assigned this crucial task to their trusted priest, showing the importance placed on
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