The Integral Role of Religion Illustrated in Gabriel Garcia's The Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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Religion plays an integral role in The Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia. It is generally considered by most readers that the initial chapters don’t consist of the religious and spiritual makeup of the townspeople but in fact, religion is subliminally present even earlier, within the title of the novel itself. The word "Death" is integrally and inextricably linked with religious matter. After all, birth and the inevitably of death are the two most important and debatable points in religion. Religion is meant to be a solid force, helping society to bond better and progress in a civilized manner. For the same purpose, religion, with its laws and codes of conduct, monitors peoples’ way of life to ensure that humanity remains intact and that the world does not collapse into a chaotic blood-thirsty pandemonium. Marquez turns this concept of religion as a driving force and unmasks the fact that religion has been reduced to corrupted man made traditions, customs and superstitions. Marquez thinks that the people of the community are hypocrites in religion because of the stron...

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