Chronicle of a Death Foretold Commentary Most often is it human nature to blame our problems on something or someone else. For example, the cliché excuse of “my dog ate my homework.” It is very hard to accept our own faults but very easy to blame others for it. Similarly, Angela Vicario blames Santiago Nasar for taking her virginity, though most likely, he did not. On pages 46-47, of the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Garcia Marquez, the narrator creates an overall mood of misery and brutality to show how bad situations can cause people to resort to blaming others for their own guilt.
The author Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote Chronicle of a Death Foretold that involves magical realism and most importantly a murder which the book mainly revolves around. Which is based on a true murder that happened in columbia. (Courtney Green). For the main points that are to be brought out of this is the interesting background on Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and what influenced him to write this book about magical realism and a murder, then to mention what happened in his culture that influenced him into writing this book and the connection of his culture that it brings it into the book itself.
Death is a universal and unforgiving entity that exists in the natural world. Many individuals fear or accept the concept of death. There are those who found ways to cheat the cruel mistress and must consider themselves lucky. Stories throughout the years have personified death or used it as a symbol of an end or beginning. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner, “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, and “A Conversation with My Father” by Grace Paley show how death is consistently represented or manipulated in literature.
Death in Literature The “rituals” of death within the literature can be seen as based upon the heroic protagonist. Usually the deaths of those surrounding the protagonist, will coincidently experience tragic deaths. Whether from Beowulf, or from William Shakespeare’s well-known plays Hamlet, and Macbeth, there exist a “connection” within these arts of work on the way death is emphasized, and how deep sorrowful emotions are dealt with. The meaning of dying a purposeful death, versus a tragic one with one causing their own death is treated differently in a ritualistic way as from a philosophical way.
Religion defines death by portraying ideas of legitimacy to life and, therefore, providing shelter and meaning to death. This essay will explore death through socio-historical lenses by identifying key death concepts in both Christianity and The people’s temple religions.
Name Professor Class/assignment Date Justice and Mercy “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson (2014) really uncovers the devastating truth behind our justice system, from people who provide false testimony on a whim, to biased jurors, to an entire court system that does not, chooses not, to recognize its own errors. The book focuses on the Walter McMillan case, and is interwoven with chapters of how Stevenson came to study law, with different cases he’s worked on braided in with accurate and relevant facts throughout. The story, from a perspective as a person that is relatively against the death penalty, and certainly is against youth being punished to “die in prison” (a term used by Stevenson that is much more factual) is heartbreaking to read.
Death may come in many forms. Plus, with each of its forms, it comes in different settings. In the novel The Stranger, by Albert Camus, death appears in many ways to a peculiar man living in Algiers. He has a normal job and a normal home. He is normal for the most part, except the way he thinks. That is what affects the way people deal with death. In Night, by Elie Wiesel, Elie must handle death in vast amounts. He has found himself in a concentration camp during World War II. Elie has become one of the approximately nine million people, mostly of Jewish culture, that have been placed in death camps as a part of Adolf Hitler’s plan to exterminate the Jewish people. In the death camps, Elie comes face-to-face with death in all sorts of ways. Unfortunately for Elie, his world is made up of death, so there is no escape from it. Heart of Darkness is a novel that is narrated by the main character Marlow. Marlow is an European man sent to Africa to take the place of a man named Kurtz. During Marlow’s journey to meet Kurtz, Kurtz’s reputation intrigues Marlow and builds up an almost god-like image of Kurtz.
James Joyce’s “the Dead” In James Joyce’s “The Dead” Joyce uses a winter setting to create his scene. Many writers use nature to show human nature and the human condition. Joyce’s use of snow to cast light on characters and convey the meaning for events provide an analysis of the themes throughout “The Dead.” Snow has many interpretations.
Death is a reality that can be interpreted in many ways. Some people fear the possibility of no longer living and others welcome the opportunity for a new life in the afterlife. Many poets have been inspired by death, be it by the approaching death of loved ones or a battle for immortality. Just as each poet is inspired differently, each poem casts a different hue of light on the topic of death giving readers a unique way to look at death.
When I first read Chronicle of a Death Foretold, I did not pay close attention to the deflating of authority with the characters Poncio Vicario, Colonel Aponte, and Father Amador. After listening to the presentations, everything made more sense. The true depth of the Vicario brothers’ threat to kill Santiago fails to be recognized by those in authority. The most respected official of the town, Colonel Aponte, does little to prevent the murder and fails to uphold the honor he has been charged with protecting. Instead of letting Santiago Nasar know about the murder plot against him, the Colonel goes back to his game of dominos at the social club. In addition “Colonel Lazaro Aponte, who had seen and caused so many repressive massacres, becomes a vegetarian as well as a spiritualist” (Garcia Márquez 6). The punishment for his neglect results in him eating liver for breakfast.