Essay on Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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In his Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia Marquez raises that very question, the question of whether the desires of society can overshadow the needs of an individual.

If a man cries out in a forest, and no one around him cares, does he make a sound? In his Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia
Marquez raises that very question, the question of whether the desires of society can overshadow the needs of an individual. In his
Chronicle, two brothers, Pablo and Pedro Vicario, arbitrarily murder a young man named Santiago Nasar. Marquez' presented conflict, however, is the reason that the brothers give to justify their crime: honor.
Marquez' point is that societal values, such as honor, have become
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If a person is compelled by their human nature to judge this sentiment as wrong, then it would seem as though Pedro and Pablo Vicario would never have said that "they would have done it again a thousand times over for the same reason" (Marquez 55). This is part of Marquez' point; with this, he demonstrates that the values of society have overshadowed the intrinsic values of life. Moreover, with this he demonstrates the value of an objective viewpoint. As in the example of the Vicario brothers, a subjective mind is a mind blind to truth.
Thus, by telling this tale apathetically, he erases any possibility of his opinions influencing his audience's; he relies on their intrinsic sense of morality, unclouded by subjectivity, to extract the meaning of the satire.

Within his objective style lies an even more powerful tool, satire, which he uses to elicit the emotional response of scorn; in this passage, the main satire is Marquez' portrayal of God and religion.
For instance, when Pedro declares "we killed him openly… but we're innocent" (Marquez 55), the priest's response is "perhaps before God"
(56). There is obviously a discrepancy. God, according to common belief, is the source of all good, but this crime, as demonstrated above, is intrinsically evil. This is an example of society using the idea of God to justify their actions. Marquez' hidden comment here is that society has corrupted the idea of God,
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