Theme Of Religion In Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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In the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the plot is about the Vicario brothers’ quest to regain their family’s honor by killing Santiago as an answer to Angela marrying another man despite having already slept with another. Gabriel Marquez was born on March 6th 1927 in Aractaca, Colombia. In the novel, Marquez uses the theme of religion to convey the behaviour of Santiago Nasar through the use of his role as a carefree commoner whom serious accusations were placed upon . The narrator portrays Santiago as a innocent bystander who even towards his death, he was confused as to why he was being murdered. This is shown by Santiago’s similarity to Christ himself, machismo and masculinity and the act of Honor Killing. The role of religion in the Chronicle of a Death Foretold is crucial to Santiago’s behaviour as Marquez portrays religious imagery by using symbols such as saints and angels in order to show Santiago’s innocence, and his…show more content…
The theme of machismo is also portrayed in the novel through the means satirical criticism. As a man’s masculinity or machismo in general means to be brave and daring, The Vicario brothers’ portrayed the theme through their act of murdering Santiago as they have never killed anyone before. Finally the act of honor killing as the Vicario brothers take up the task of killing a rather clueless and confused Santiago. As this all started with Angela’s confession that may not be exactly true, Santiago Nasar ends up dead by the next morning. And thus in the novel Marquez shows the true reality of the olden day 19th century methods of dealing with problems. He also uses the theme of Colombian machismo to depict the ridiculess ideology of a “man’s pride”. Religion that played a huge role in the novel, did not infact have much of an influence on Santiago’s
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