“Why does anyone commit murder?' he asked in a low voice.
'I-'I blinked.'How should I know?'
'Three reasons,' Christopher said. He held up one finger. 'Love.' Another finger. 'Revenge.' And finally, a third finger. 'Religion.” Chronicle of a death foretold was set in South America. The novel was based on a murder that had happened in Columbia in 1951. The narrator in the story uncovers what really happened to Santiago Nasar and why it happened page by page. This was a great idea that the author had to make the novel seem more real and like a detective story. The author starts the book with the murder making the reader want to unfold what had happened. Santiago Nasar himself and the whole community in the town were responsible for the Death of Santiago Nasar, not just the Vicario brothers.
Religion is a crucial aspect in the novel, it is the main cause combined with family honour of Santiago Nasars death. The society in Columbia where the novel is set takes religion very seriously. In Catholicism like in many other religions the virginity of a girl must be kept until she is married. Everybody in the town was contributing to making the town look better for the arrival of the bishop. The previous years the Bishop didn’t really acknowledge the town, he didn’t stop to greet the people and bless them. The town was hoping he would stop at their town this year. “He won’t even get off the boat. He’ll give an obligatory blessing, as always, and go back the way he came. He hates this town.” (Chapter 1, page 8). Placido Linero didn’t believe this she lost her hope for the Bishop stopping in their town. Religion is mostly a positive aspect in the lives of people, yet in the novel religion is seen in a more negative way. Santiago getting k...
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...t men were looking for prostitutes throughout the novel and Santiago is killed because he had sex with Angela. This is also ironic. Gabriel also uses euphemism in his writing. Instead of the towns people saying murder they say “Barbarous work of death”, he does this to show that the townspeople are finding ways to make it right of what happened to Santiago. The chief of police, the only one that has actual power combined with the priest to have stopped the murder didn’t do anything. The chief of police saw the Vicario brothers with knives, yet he just took the knives and did nothing, he should have put them in jail for carrying dangerous weapons around town. The priest was warned of the people from the town. The priest hereby knew of their plan, it is religious duty to have stopped evil, yet he didn’t due to fact that he forgot because of the arrival of the bishop.
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