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Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold

In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the narrator tells us that two

people were responsible for the death of Santiago Nasar, however the

narrator is wrong. Ignorance killed Santiago Nasar. There are three

specific townsfolk responsible for the murder; Leandro Pornoy, Divina

Flor, and Colonel Lazaro Aponte. Each of these three people had an

equal opportunity to stop the murder; however each person’s ignorance

caused them to fail in their duty as a fellow citizen. It was their

duty after they heard of the Vicario brothers’ plot to kill Santiago

Nasar to do whatever was necessary to stop the murder; however none of

them took enough initiative to prevent the murder from happening. I

say enough because some things were done to try and prevent the

brothers from completing their mission, but these attempts were weak.

As the title indicates, the death was foretold, which means to tell of

or indicate beforehand. These three people, Leandro Pornoy, Divina

Flor, and Colonel Lazaro Aponte, are responsible for the death because

of their lack of effort in stopping the killers.

Leandro Pornoy was employed as a policeman during the time of the

murder. Faustino Santos, a butcher in the town, notified Leandro of

the brother’s intentions. How did Faustino know? He asked the

brothers what they were doing sharpening their knives at this time of

the day, and Pablo Vicario answered, “We’re going to kill Santiago

Nasar,” (Marquez 52). The policeman entered Clotilde Armenta’s store,

where the two Vicario brothers were sitting and drinking. He sat down

to drink and chat with them (she (Clotilde) supposed that they had

told him something about their plans from the way he looked at the

knives when he...

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...things to do than

try and stop the murder, which is why his ignorance is the worst of

all.

In conclusion, the Chronicle of a Death Foretold’s narrator tells us

that two people were responsible for the death of Santiago Nasar,

which is untrue. The Pure ignorance of three townsfolk killed

Santiago Nasar. The three specific townsfolk responsible for the

murder, Leandro Pornoy, Divina Flor, and Colonel Lazaro Aponte, failed

in their duty as a citizen of the town. Each of these three people

had an equal opportunity to stop the murder; however each person’s

ignorance caused their failures in their characters. This death was

foretold, and foretold to an entire town, yet the actions of these

three people aided the killers in their mission of murder.

Work Cited

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Chronicle of a Death Foretold. New York:

Vintage International, 2008.
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