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Chronica Essay

1468 words - 6 pages

The irony of this quote should not be lost on the reader, After all common sense would dictate that brutality is the preserve of barbarians or the “Others”. To this day, that concept has prevailed to emphasize the notion that brutality and the savages that practiced it existed independent of normal,everyday,structured life.
As the analysis of the novela,Chronicle of a Death Foretold will later prove, this independence from savagery that has come to define the separation between what is civilized and what is not could for some societies not be any further from the truth. It’s author, Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez echoes the sentiments of the aforementioned quote and firmly entrenches his ideas concerning brutality as a tool of justice and questions the moral standing of a society that depends on it to restore balance and honour.

The story,which revolves around the murder of a young man named Santiago Nasar, He is killed solely due to the unproven charge that he had deflowered a girl by the name of Angela Vicario and in essence stolen her honour and that of her family. Throughout the story there is a dark and foreboding atmosphere surrounding the unnamed town in which the story takes place in as evidenced right from the start, the linguistic style is ominous,the day is described as “distressing” ,the narrator explicitly states that he will be murdered, the augury performed by the protagonists mother relays results that are nowhere near the truth.

But to be able to understand the atmosphere of brutality that pervades the story, the onus is on us to determine the dominant idea in which it manifests itself. Entrenched within tradition, brutality is a tool that is most effective when an individual or a group of individuals deviate from the expected norm( in this case for example,Crime), it’s effectiveness lies in the fact that it supposedly ascertains and resolves deviation and returns things to the status quo, hence in this story it is a metaphorical agent of the entity known as honour. Such is it’s supposed effectiveness that it is only described as inhumane when pleasure is derived from it, but that is not Gabriel Garcia Marquez grouse with this concept, his main issue is with the society that practices brutality, He implicitly questions the integrity of a society where the rule of law is oblivious to acts of savagery.

He starts off by highlighting,through the character’s words,thoughts and action the natural human aversion to brutality. In the first case ,aversion to savage treatment of animals at the hands of man. The dominant example is the horror Santiago Nasar expressed when Victoria Guzman, housemaid and erstwhile mistress of his father Ibrahim Nasar, fed the “steaming guts” of a quartered rabbit to his dogs. His words “Don’t be a savage” and “Make believe it was a human being” (10) especially the later express his revulsion to savage treatment and urges the housemaid to transfer some form of humanity to make it feel...

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