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A Chronicle Of A Death Foretold By Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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A Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel-Garcia Marquez.

The book "A Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel-Garcia Marquez
is about a murder in a small South American Village. It is based on an
actual murder that took place in 1951 in the town of Sucre, Colombia.
This novel provides a detailed insight to the culture of Latin America
as it pertains to many aspects of an individuals life. Instances such
as religion, marriage, death, and justice and interactions due to the
concepts of honor and gender. Culture in most respects should be
looked at holistically. Examining specific ideas and concepts within
it become seemingly difficult because they form an intricate web,
which can be related to other concepts and premises. Actions, dialog
and even the descriptions of objects, people, and scenes enable
readers to formulate a basic outline of the culture exhibited by the
society expressed by Marquez.

The story takes place in a small South American town some time in the
mid-nineteenth century. While the story makes no direct mention of the
year or city many sources indicate it was based on an actual event and
dealt with people the author knew directly. It is an unconventional
recollection of the author to the events prior to, during, and
following the murder of a Santiago Nasar, wealthy young local Arab
man. A native woman of the town, Angela Vicario had become the love
interest of a flamboyantly rich and young Bayardo San Roman, son of
famous and renown civil war general. In a matter of four months they
were married. On the first night of their union San Roman learned his
new wife was not the blessed virgin he thought he married. Angela
Vicario was furiously beaten by San Roman and taken back to her home
where she was beaten again by her mother until she told them the man
who had taken her virginity. Only a day later, shortly after the
rudely brief visit of the Bishop, the young Santiago Nasar would be
violently and savagely slain by the twin brothers of Angela: Pedro and
Pablo Vicario.

This book carries a very strong religious overtone to it. Even the
character names are reminiscent of many popular names from the New and
Old Testaments of the Bible and several names have religious
translations. The primary religion of many South and Central American
countries is Catholicism as indicated by the book Distant Neighbors by
Alan Riding. Catholicism can also be inferred through the actions of
the bishop in that he gave the sign of the cross and the presence of
confessionals in the local church. Most of the characters in the book
carry an impression of being "two faced-Christians" in that they will
follow the scripture and attempt (and for the most part, believe) to
be good people of their faith but commit some of the more atrocious
sins. It should be noted that during the course of this story all of
what are commonly referred to as the Seven Deadly Sins could have been
arguably compromised.

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