Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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This passage is written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Chronicle of a Death Foretold. It is about Divina Flor who explains to the writer why she did not warn Santiago Nasar that he was going to die. She recounts that, as a child, she was sexually assaulted by him. This passage is so important to this book because it brings out the themes of women's roles in Latin American Society, power and culture. These themes help the Marquez bring out the important contexts of the story so readers can understand the motifs. Gabriel uses structure techniques, symbols, contrast, foreshadowing, imagery and figurative language to bring out the theme of gender roles. Marquez uses the recount of Divina’s sexual assault to display another side of Santiago Nasar. Previously, he was described as a good man. Divina recalls that on the morning of his death, when she was assaulted, all she felt was “the awful urge to cry.” This implies that he had assaulted her so many times before that she was no longer surprised by his actions. Santiago Nasar assaulted Divina Flor, who was a child, while leaving to meet the bishop. A good man in this society would go visit the bishop, but a good man would not assault a child. If this is true, what is them to say about…show more content…
Divina was only meters away from the festival full of people. Women in the story can be often seen as victims, but are not recognized as such in the story. In a sense, there is a connection between Santiago and Divina Flor. Both were put into situations as victims, where they were both surrounded by people who could have helped, but no one did help them. Also, Santiago and Divina are not seen as the true victims of the events that occur. Divina would have been a dishonour to her family and Santiago was someone who had do die to preserve the Vicario’s family
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