Because many characters reappear in his works, because many of the works are set in Macondo (unnamed here, but recognizable as the fictional counterpart of his birthplace, Aracataca), and because of the persistently fabulous nature of his Magical Realism, García Márquez’s novels and short stories may be said to constitute one grand fiction, of which Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a significant part.
García Márquez’s treatment of isolation and solitude in previous work extends to this novel. Macondo’s search for a way inland to other villages in One Hundred Years of Solitude is ended here with the coming of the railroad, on which many of the characters will leave following the murder. The novel also is linked by contrast with the short story “El ahogado más hermoso del mundo” (1972; “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World,” 1972), in which a drowned man is taken in by the inhabitants of a stagnant town after he washes up on shore, becoming a source of community pride. Care for the drowned man removes the villagers from their individual and collective solitude, as contrarily the community’s witnessing the death of Nasar jolts its members out of their “linear habits” and into an obsession with their guilt. Where in El otoño del patriarca (1975; The Autumn of the Patriarch, 1975) the aging dictator is isolated by his tyrannical power, here the villagers are cut off from one another by their...
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold: Honor Essay
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The concept and belief of honor in the Columbian culture in Chronicle of a Death Foretold is one of the deciding aspects of the character's actions, motives, and beliefs. Nobody questions the actions taken to preserve ones honor because it is such an important moral trait that one must cherish. In this society a man or woman without honor is an outcast to the community and to the culture. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold two twin brothers are burdened with defending this tradition of honor. The brothers find out that their sister has lost her virginity before marriage and she claims that Santiago Nasar is to blame. To regain the honor of their sister, and their family the brothers believe it is their duty to kill Santiago Nasar. Could such…show more content…
After the killing has taken place it is a well known fact who committed the crime. It is not really a question of guilt. The town knows that the Vicario Brothers are guilty. Somehow the brothers still have a viable defense against their actions. They claim that they carried out these actions to regain the honor that Santiago Nasar had stolen from them and their family. This was seen as good reason by the town, which brings up the question of who the real villain in this situation is, the Vicario brothers or the people of the town. Given the circumstances, society is the real villain in this book. The brothers made it very obvious to the town that they were going to kill Santiago. They did so, so that the town would stop them, but they didn't. The author makes it very clear that the brothers had no evil intentions, but rather to kill him in the "legitimate defense of honor". Society on the other hand just sat back and let Santiago get killed. The mayor is told of this coming murder, and finds it better suited for himself to play dominoes instead. When he is finished Santiago has already been killed. Society is idle to stopping the death of Santiago. So in the end, society is the real villain in this book, not one or two people in particular.
The purpose of honor in this book, shows you how important having a good reputation is to people and how it's almost the only thing that matters (the world revolves around it for some).People value honor more than life