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...

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... is that as wedding gifts Bayardo received a new car and Angela

received a gold plated 24 person dinner set. The indication of gender

roles is abundantly clear that upon marriage men take on

responsibilities for taking care of family by means of employment and

the women practically regress into becoming pure domicile dwelling


Ones culture within a society provides many individuals with many

different interpretations of commonly accepted ideas and themes. "A

Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez outlines much

of the culture of a small Latin American town and demonstrates the

intricacies of culture. Various concepts have direct involvement with

the carrying out of other concepts. Defending ones honor in an act

that would bring about death coincides with justice, which often times

materializes in the act that defies religion
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