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Chronicle Of A Death Foretold, By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Are women still known to be the weaker sex? Today, women think they can get the same recognition as men with hard work and determination. Although this idea is true, certain cultures still emphasis the idea that men will always be the more powerful sex, showing that sexism still plays a part in society. Gabriel Garcia Marquez shows the same type of prejudice throughout his novella, Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Set in a small Columbian town, Angela Vicario was returned home after her wedding night by her husband, Bayardo San Roman, when he found out that she is not a virgin. Her actions put her family in shame. When asked who the man was who took her virginity, Angela claimed it was Santiago Nasar. Santiago Nasar was a well-known and wealthy man in the town. Angela’s brothers’, Pablo and Pedro Vicario planned to murder Santiago Nasar for the sake of their family’s honor. Many townspeople were warned about the plan to kill Santiago but no one succeeded to tell him before the murder occurred. Some did not take the Vicario brothers’ seriously when they were told about the murder plan. Even the mayor, Colonel Lazaro Aponte, found out about the brothers’ plan and still did nothing to stop Santiago from getting brutally stabbed to death. The reasons behind the death of Santiago Nasar’s murder were the passive actions from the townspeople, the Vicario brothers’ need to protect their family’s honor, and the double-standard around gender roles played within the town.
The townspeople who were warned about the Vicario brothers’ plan to murder Santiago Nasar were responsible for the crime due to their negligence. As more and more people were becoming aware of the plan, they all decided not to get involved so they would not have to put their own lives in danger. To begin with, the mayor, Colonel Lazaro Aponte’s lack of concern about the brothers’ murder plan did not present him as a good authority figure who cared for his townspeople. The mayor’s job is to protect his townspeople and keep his city away from danger. The Colonel failed to put his foot down towards the brothers’ and prevent them from getting near Santiago. The Colonel took no legal actions to prevent the murder, “Nor did he interrogate them concerning their intentions, but took away their knives and sent them off to sleep,” the narrator claimed about the mayor’s actions (Garcia Marquez 56). He was more concerned about his reputation as a mayor rather than actually helping the lives of his people. He took away the first two knives that the twins had and sent them home, but refused to arrest them, so they went back to the butcher shop with two different knives waiting for Santiago. Instead of finding Santiago to warn him about the murder plot, the mayor found dominoes night to be more important. Not only did he fail to have the brothers’ arrested for carrying murder weapons, but the mayor also did not try to help Santiago into safety. Second, Father Amador’s decision to not get involved was also...

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