Relationship Between Religion and Isolation in the Stranger and Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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To Pray or Not to Pray: An exploration into the relationship between religion and isolation in The Stranger and Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Religion is a major foundation for many cultures. It is present all over the world in many different shapes and forms. But all religions have one thing in common, communality. Naturally, with rituals such as congregation people of religion are brought together. This community worships together, but this relationship extends further than the confines of a church. Members of the same church, or religion, have the same core values, and these commonalities result in a community that would not have otherwise existed. When there is a disregard for religion, there is a loss of community and thus a step
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Very different from Meursault, Santiago Nasar, the main character in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, is very much a man of religion. Santiago’s respect for religion is seen in the first sentence of the novel, “Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on” (Marquez 3). Santiago’s dedication is seen through the fact that he is rising at such an early hour to see a Catholic authority figure. Also, he “put on a shirt and pants of white linen… It was his attire for special occasions” (5). The act of wearing clothes specific for this occasion shows Santiago’s respect for religion. The importance of religion in Chronicle of a Death Foretold is not just in relation to Santiago. His whole community values religion. For example, when Angela Vicario and Bayardo San Roman wed, they wed in a church with “floral decorations equal in cost to those for fourteen first class funerals” (42). The flowers alone show the importance of marriage, which in itself is a religious institution. Even more important is the purity of the bride. After being returned to her mother by Bayardo San Roman, Angela says her mother “was holding [her] by the hair with one hand and beating [her] with the other with such rage that [she] thought [her mother] was going to kill [her]” (46). The image of a mother beating her adult daughter is pretty powerful. One must have done

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