Masculinity In Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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The people in Chronicle of a Death Foretold surround themselves with honor whist they hide behind their masculinity. This concept of conserving their honor above all else is the source of the society's problem, they all mask themselves from the truth because they are frightened by it. This is demonstrated by Angela's mother, Purisima del Carmen, when she beats Angela for supposedly not being a virgin, "she was holding me by the hair with one hand and beating me with the other with such rage that I thought she was going to kill me" (Márquez 46). By suppressing themselves, the women of the society give into the expectation set by Machismo. When Purísima beats Angela instead of consoling her, she is depicting the impact Machismo has on the women.
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