Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez Essay

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, is a story that brings one to question the code of honor that exists in the
Columbian town. Marquez' paints a picture that shows how societal values, such as honor, have become more important than the inherent good of human life. The Vicario brothers' belief that their sister was done wrong was brought upon by this honor, along with racial and social tension. The dangerous path of both honor and religious faith caused Santiago's untimely death.

"'Before God and before men,' Pablo Vicario said. 'It was a matter of honor'" (Marquez 56). In the town honor is taken very seriously and
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Angela simply named
Santiago Nasar as her lover but there was no other evidence besides her word to back that statement up. The narrator explained that "most of those who could have done something to prevent the crime and did not console themselves with the pretext that affairs of honor are sacred monopolies, giving access only to those who are part of the drama" (114). If the medieval idea that death brings honor is true, then it is safe to say Santiago Nasar died without honor for he did not know the reason for his death was.

The Vicarios were poor Hispanics and the Nasars were rich Arabs, so social and racial tension was clear. In the town though, honor is not defined by race or color. The Vicario brothers are cousins to
Santiago, yet when Santiago died the Arab families were "perplexed and sadâ?¦but none harbored the ideas of vengeance" (94). After they killed
Santiago, the brothers went to the parish house, not for repentance, but because they would be "safe from the Arabs" (91) and "were comforted by the honor of having done their duty, and the only thing that worried them was the persistence of the smell [of death]" (91).

Before their release, their mother Pura asked Father Amador "to confess her sons in jail, but Pedro Vicario refused, and convinced his brother that they had nothing to repent" (95). That scene gives the reader a picture of how the twins viewed the killing as being above their religion,
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