Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

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How were the inconsistencies throughout the reading consistent with the theme of the novel? Throughout the novel, many inconsistencies exist to show that in a mystery novel, mystery must be a factor for the reader to experience, as well. In the novel, a murder becomes a mystery case. The plot of the novel is to not only distinguish who committed the crime, but also, his/her rationale behind doing so. In order to avoid the reader having to feel like a speculator, perhaps, Gabriel García Márquez uses inconsistencies in writing to incite the confusion in the reader. This concept is best explained through the New York Time literary criticism article entitled, “MURDER MOST FOUL AND COMIC” (Michaels). Essentially, this criticism seeks to understand why exactly fallacies and inconsistences are so prevalent in a novel that demands attention to detail. The first possible explanation for this reoccurring event in Márquez’s writing is the idea that if inconsistency, in life and novels, bespeaks the unthinkable, then the inconsistency throughout the course of the novel is symbolic and expressive of the theme- deliberately or not. Essentially, in order to establish the same mood and tone the characters face in the novel, Márquez structures her writing in a way that leaves the “plot as a mystery” to the reader, as well (Michaels). Critic Leonard Michaels goes on in his article to cite specific examples of inconsistencies being parallel to the idea of keeping the mood and tone
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