Essay On The Chronicle Of A Death Foretold Commentary

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold Commentary – By Madhav Mishra

It is often said that Colombia is the country where magic realism, as a literary genre of its own right, was born. Magical realism is heavily incorporated by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in his critically-acclaimed novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold. In addition to magical realism, other literary devices such as the themes of honour and gender, and irony are employed by Marquez as means of satirical storytelling to expose the absurdity of Colombian marriage culture to readers.

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The themes of honour and gender are highly prevalent in Chronicle of Death Foretold, taking form in multifarious ways throughout the novel. As honour and gender roles are vastly
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Marquez uses irony as a way of communicating the ‘humorous’ situation surrounding Santiago Nasar’s imminent death. As the Vicario brothers announce to everyone in the town that they intend on killing Nasar, Nasar is the only one out of the loop about the fact that he is going to die. The very first line of the book begins with, “On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on.” (page 1) Marquez begins with this line to emphasise Nasar’s cluelessness about his forthcoming death. All the town’s locals know that the brothers plan to kill Nasar, yet they do nothing to prevent it, be it from unawareness that the brothers were actually going to commit the murder or otherwise. Furthermore, Nasar seems to clueless as to why the Vicario brothers are going after him; it may be that Nasar is not even have been the one who deflowered Angela.

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Magical realism’s role in Chronicle of a Death Foretold revolves around the seeming randomness of the events that take place in the novel. As magical realism is used to invade a realistic setting with something too strange to believe, Marquez utilises magical realism in his novel to convey the absurdity of events that take place due to backward marriage traditions in Colombia. Elements of magical realism are scattered throughout the
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