Chronicle Of A Death Foretold By Garcia Marquez

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Magical Realism through Setting in García Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Question: How far does setting serve to reinforce or emphasize meanings or themes within Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

Work Used: Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

In Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez, the setting plays a potent role in showing a certain theme. Especially what happens in a certain setting plays a dominant part in developing a theme. Márquez is best known for his use of magical realism in his novels. He repeatedly uses strange, surreal details to highlight otherwise ordinary events. Magical realism is an important theme grown with the setting of the novel. Magical realism is the fantastic or imaginary and often unsettling images or events that are depicted in a sharply detailed and realistic manner. In other words, it is the use of unusual or impossible characteristics in a real life setting. Magical realism allows magical elements to be inserted into a text to make it more interesting and appealing to the reader. Márquez uses setting to portray those magical elements like foreshadowing, abuse of power, and the concept of mutual respect through magical realism.
The first example of magical realism is when Santiago foreshadows his death through a dream. At the beginning of the novel, it says on Pages 3 and 4 that “He 'd dreamed he was going through a grove of timber trees...and for an instant he was happy in his dream..."He was
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