A Death Foretold Chronicles of a Death Foretold written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells the story behind the murder that took place within the community.

A Death Foretold


Chronicles of a Death Foretold written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells the story behind the murder that took place within the community. It was about the murder of Santiago Nasar, a wealthy plantation owner, to disrespect Angela Vicario, the girl who comes from a poor family. Throughout the whole story, we get people’s thoughts and views about the murder that it was imminent, and by the end of the story, and the twins Vicario are not killers, but the whole society becomes the killers as well as due to negligence and not try to stop the murders (Alvarez, Borland 200-278).

The author begins his story by telling us that Santiago Nasar was going to be killed. Through the opening of the book as such, it draws in the reader and involves them to such an extent that the readers begin to ask themselves questions (Bloom 250-306). Marquez does not want to dive straight into showing us in the killing because he wants us to see how it came to happen the first time and introduce us to all points of view that it was there that day before disclosure of the circumstances of the murder itself. Only he did not want us to get the perspective of the investigation because it allows us only to see the murder through one person, while the way in which to write the story allows us to see the murder through many different points of view.

At the very end of the book, the author shows us that Santiago Nasar was stabbed in the balcony of his house, and eventually collapsed, and died at his home (Marquez 1-128). Readers must have to wait until the end of the book to see that in fact a murder allows the reader to complete the circle completely that he or she going around the entire book (Alvarez, Borland 200-278). It means that in order to understand exactly what is happening, reader must wait until the end, and at every piece of this story with each other, in the end to be able to understand all the questions that the reader has from the beginning of the book when we first told of the impending murder. The author condenses the height of the story therefore, the author was able to leave the reader with a sense of satisfaction and shock; satisfied to know that he had recently been in the murder, but was shocked to see that despite the rumors that talk about the murder, and twins Vicario was still able to carry out their plan to kill Santiago ( Bloom 250-306).

Although news of the killing of an imminent and very quickly spread, and the community still fails to save one life from being threatened. Murder cannot have been avoided because of the way society was. There made the colony an attempt to stop the one actually Vicario twins killed Santiago, but it was. Sharif made no effort to help out and stop the twins. They had a good name among the people so as not many people think that anything can happen. They wanted so badly to believe that the twins will not do anything so the people of the town did not pay much attention. There have made attempts to warn Santiago, but not directly. Experienced people in the community spread the news from one person to another, but Santiago unheard of until minutes before his death (Marquez 1-128).

Santiago Nasar was assassinated by two brothers who avenge for a crime he may or may not be committed, and the work was done only out of action because of the stupidity of society to do anything to prevent crime from happening (Alvarez, Borland 200-278).

The central business templates that the “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is “predicted” the death of the young man Santiago Nasar, by the Vicario brothers and revealed the death of Santiago to us immediately, in the very first lines. The crime of the supposedly “indecent assault” of Angela Vicario, the sister of the brothers Vicario, and this is what happened to be a precedent to kill himself. It could be the real tragedy of this novel and said to be the murderer of this man, Santiago Nasar, and not by the actual killers, but of his city. He was killed in, before, along with the town for their silence on that fateful day. In short, the Vicario brothers kill Santiago a literal way, but the silence in the city and not wanting to intervene, “law of honor,” was the real cause of Santiago Nasar was no more (Bloom 250-306).

The reason is that this murder took place, but the fact that it is believed that Santiago Nasar had sexually assaulted Angela Vicario. When the husband discovers Angela Vicario lost the virtue of his bride on their wedding night, he returned to the home of her mother and “pays his wife quietly into the house without speaking a word” (Marquez 46). It is now “damaged goods” and the stigma of shame on her family name. When asked, Angela Vicario names Santiago Nasar starts offending them. Although it has been “mailed to the wall” as being “one”, produced absolutely no evidence or witness to confirm this claim (Marquez 47). Drunk from the wedding celebrations, twin brothers announced all over the city’s intentions to meet Nassar in the morning (Marquez 1-128). To explain the ignorance Nassar apparently what is about to occur, the town speculate that he is innocent of any act, too arrogant to expect punishment to him, or that it is his fate which leads to his death.

Setting of the story has taken place is a small town in which everyone knows Latin everybody. It is a city where morality, tradition and religion have a great importance … Or at least on the surface. It is a city in the customs and traditions that live in many forms, the most viable of which is that of purity and the importance of a virgin until marriage. In the novel, is Sun Angela Vicario to Bayardo San Roman, a newcomer in town in search for a bride (Bloom 250-306). After their marriage, and returned to the home of Angela and her mother and said were not a virgin at the time of their marriage (Alvarez, Borland 200-278).

Angela Vicario brother’s anger, Pablo and Pedro Vicario, as a result of this tragedy, set out to restore the honor of their sister by killing the man who “violated” her. This was the man, according to Angela, but not confirmed from other sources, Santiago Nasar. This incident is of such enormous tragedy in the eyes of the city, which is about the death itself, and pointed to as a “calamity, Angela.” The hype of all this makes it seems as if this event was the biggest tragedy of the loss of life (Marquez 1-128).

As the story unfolds, the reader repeatedly faced with the murder. It is repeated in different forms and different personalities of the points to “look as if it were” a kind of mystery in reverse novel “(Marquez 1-128). And death becomes a temptation the reader the main. Although several witnesses saw the same events from the corners and different perspectives, come all to the same result – the death of Santiago horrific. Said the narrator, a character in the plot, his name never told, the story of a murder by a large number of people to Marquez wrote, “On the day they were going to kill him” (Marquez 1-128). Despite the fact that “they “appear to be in reference to the Brotherhood Vicario, so this can also be a city of conscience vague. The story of each one has a difference in the details, and additional information, but, more importantly, each knows beforehand that the brothers Vicario was actually going to kill Santiago (Bloom 250-306).

Even now, even with almost the whole town to know the crime was to be held, and the brothers still have not stopped or dissuaded from doing the deed (Marquez 1-128). They were told their plans throughout the city to anyone and everyone, in the hope that someone would stop it. The honor of Chancellor is in danger, and they are almost bound to perform this heinous act. Or rather, it was as if they were walking back on the road into action at the end of the day, and access to that point and stopped. But the city does not include a handsome thought: “Those poor boys will not kill anybody,” and eventually forced the brothers to keep their honor, and that of their sister, by taking life (Bloom 250-306).

The town seems to have a relatively easy time letting go of the focus of religious life and moral militancy. Even in light of this, enabling people of the city to overlook the warning Santiago of his life, until shortly before they occur. Some people do not care. Some of the claims about the brothers’, and some kept it to themselves. After all, he sat back and watched the town takes the place of death. This can even be taken literally. People went to the extent of the city around Santiago’s house before the crime was due to come to watch the event, as if they have any care at all for the loss of his life. It is not known with certainty that Santiago was responsible for “indecent assault”, which was extremely concerned with everyone, and the people of the town, in fact partners in the killing of Santiago Nasar (Alvarez, Borland 200-278).

The opportunity to contribute to the outcome of events could not detect a note under the door of the warning for Nassar, even after his death. Cristo Bedoya, Nasar and close friend, and go to the home of Nasar, and finds Vicario brothers waiting there, take the gun, but does not know how to use it, and sets out to intercept his friend, who did not find. In the past, Nasar walks unarmed in the courtyard of his house, see Vicario brothers, pounds hard on the door of his mother had walked out against the killers, believing that her son is already inside. The merciless slaughter of Santiago was killed in retaliation for an act that does not prove they had been committed. People, regardless of their indifference towards the defense of him, still doubts that his guilt is evident in a matter of taking virginity Angela Vicario.

The very thought of it so do not make sense to the people of the town. The two were never seen together, let alone who was talking to one another (Bloom 250-306). They do not have to belong to each other at all, and yet it continued to blame him for “bad luck” that led to her death. Remained sins never are established in concrete. But it was in fact not much of importance once he had taken his final step into the kitchen of his mother’s house, to fall face first into the death (Alvarez, Borland 200-278).

The killers themselves have also seen the guilt of the physical attack in Santiago. Although the city is mostly responsible for this crime in some way, one cannot forget that the Twins have committed physical damage. And are forced to remember the smell of Santiago by even though they “scrubbed with soap and rags,” to give up the smell (Bloom 250-306). Urinations from a fixed to think of being poisoned, and it seems that the murder had taken root in the consciousness brother forever. Even necessary to bury the town of Santiago Nasar, “in haste at dawn”, which gives almost the idea that the city wants to get rid of this memory is desperate for good (Marquez 77). After the “will of the people” decided to let the twins go, almost as if the city feels their pain and suffering, both physically and spiritually. Just earlier in the story, and the town in an attempt to prevent crime with twins, but now in the hearts of the city’s population changed immediately one way or another (Alvarez, Borland 200-278).

Slaughtered without mercy Santiago as a “privilege does not wait” (Marquez 62). Was killed in retaliation for an act that does not prove they had been committed. People, regardless of their indifference towards the defense of him, still doubts that his guilt is evident in a matter of taking virginity Angela Vicario. Although they had insisted being “one” and produced absolutely no evidence or witness for confirm the claim (Marquez 1-128).

The very thought of it so do not make sense to the people of the town. They never considered together, not mentioning who was speaking to one another. They do not have to belong to each other at all, and yet it continued to blame him for “bad luck” that led to her death. Remained sins never are established in concrete. But it was in fact not much of importance once he had taken his final step into the kitchen of his mother’s house, to fall face first into the death.

Even Carlos Alonso, a literary critic, and recognizes the silence in the city. This story, says Alonso, said simply of the nature of the healing of the sternum. The purpose of the proceedings is the ease of killing in an attempt to ease tensions towns and the narrator and the feeling of guilt, which was said by Alvarez, Borland, amplify the idea that the city has something to do with the murder of Santiago. However, the fact that the story is the ritual re-enactment means that it can never be an instrument of redemption (Bloom 250-306). With both read and re-read the story, the readers regain the killing and an endless cycle of violence that is never cleared.

In fact, Santiago is killed several times throughout the text. There is, of course, the horrific murder that appears at the end of the book, but Santiago Nasar also dies symbolically in dreams. The night before his assassination, for example, has a dream of Santiago unlucky omen of birds (Marquis 6). His mother, a translator with experience of dreams, strange warning misreads her son, something she will never forgive himself. Victoria Guzman kills Santiago also symbolic in the kitchen because it is the courage and rabbits, and to the disgust of Santiago, and warns that his disembowelment. Also, as mentioned above, the autopsy in a state of chaos that is the terrible slaughter of Santiago again (Marquez 72). Continuing with the act of murder after murder, the book can, and does not provide remorse (Alvarez, Borland 200-278).

Analysis of Alvarez, Borland goes from the state that can be displayed in the last two sections of the story as the author’s conviction of the townspeople. In the second to the last section, the narrator describes the autopsy as a massacre, murder after the assassination. In addition to filming the actual murder of appalling, “and then cannot be seen as a driver for the reader to realize, with the implicit author, and consequences of the symbols of honor hypocrisy” (Alvarez, Borland 221).

The narrator mentions that even a point where he had a guilty silence of injury caused by 30 years ago when the murder occurred (Alvarez, Borland 200-278). Which increases from the idea that the narrator writes that “the facts” to recover the city’s population and not only silence, but also for himself a feeling that he was also responsible for the murder that could have prevented (Marquez 1-128).

Proceedings of the predicted death is a different story of the tragedies that seen by the reader, and are seen as one of the characters within the story itself. Within the framework of a plot of the novel, a man of Arab Angela Vicario stripped of her purity, of her virginity; and is stolen from her honor. The stigma attached to kin, she is wronged, as if they did not play a role in the deletion of her virginity. And tricks and leaves the poor Bayardo San Roman, without the bride and is said to have suffered a lot. This might be a serious tragedies in Latin American cultures, but do not compare in any way to the injustice brought upon the innocent may Santiago Nasar (Bloom 250-306). Plotted and conspired against by the town almost entirely from his friends, his colleagues, and acquaintances, he is going to die does not know the reason behind the meeting with him (Alvarez, Borland 200-278).

It cannot be there any dispute that there is no crime or tragedy in this novel is greater than the injustice that was brought to the poor Santiago Nasar. In the end, the city’s population finally comes to recognize the error in judgment and the tragedy lies in Santiago. A man was killed by his own city, a town which turned into a mirage (Marquez 76).




Works Cited

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Vintage; First Edition (October 7, 2003) p. 1-128

Bloom, Harold. Gabriel García Márquez. A collection of eighteen critical essays on the Colombian writer, arranged chronologically in the order of their original publication. New York : Chelsea House, ©1989. P. 250-306

Alvarez-Borland,  Isabel. Isabel Alvarez-Borland from Mystery to Parody: (Re)Readings of Garcia Márquez’s Crónica De Una Muerte Anunciada. Journal Title: Symposium. Volume: 38. Issue: 4. Publication Year: 1984. Page Number: 200-278.


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