He Loves Me…He Loves Me Not

At the crux of Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a love story. The story itself is quite simple but in reality is dominated by the elusiveness of love and filled with cultural customs, clashes, illusions, and ambivalence. The conception of love in the novel is bleak; Santiago’s parents marry out of convenience “without a … Read moreHe Loves Me…He Loves Me Not

Honor Codes and Ritual Contrition

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a relatively small book, yet it is open to countless interpretations as to the book’s overall purpose. Here I will discuss two such interpretations: Isabel Alvarez-Borland’s analysis sees the novella as asking why a senseless murder was allowed to occur; Carlos J. Alonso focuses on the … Read moreHonor Codes and Ritual Contrition

‘Crónica de una muerte anunciada is a narrative of horrifying ritual and social rigidity.’

The definition of a ‘crónica’ is a factual account of important or historical events in the order of their occurrence. García Márquez’s novel, far from being chronological, involves the chronic repetition and re-enacting of events over and over, pointing to a turning-over in the mind of the events which speaks to collective guilt. While the … Read more‘Crónica de una muerte anunciada is a narrative of horrifying ritual and social rigidity.’

Where Not to Be: Concepts of Home in ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’

In Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Gabriel García Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold, both protagonists face difficult, if not deadly, circumstances. Liubóv Andréyevna Ranyévskaya, a self-indulgent member of the declining Russian landed gentry from The Cherry Orchard, is facing the auctioning away of her home. Santiago Nasar, a philandering member of the Columbian … Read moreWhere Not to Be: Concepts of Home in ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’

The Effect of Animal Imagery and the Fate of Santiago Nasar

In his novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia Marquez has the impressive skill of characterizing and foreshadowing Santiago Nasar’s character and eventual death. Santiago Nasar’s murder by Pedro and Pablo Vicario was caused by an accusation that Nasar was having premarital relations with the Angela Vicario. However, at that time Angela Vicario was … Read moreThe Effect of Animal Imagery and the Fate of Santiago Nasar

The Metaphorical Martyr: An Analytical Exploration of the role of Symbolism in the Novella Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

If the world were a desert, art would be its oasis. Within the realm of art and literature is the craft of symbolism, by which artists invest their characters or other such depictions with deeper meanings. What is most likely the most common symbol of all time is the cross for Christ and the homage … Read moreThe Metaphorical Martyr: An Analytical Exploration of the role of Symbolism in the Novella Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

Tensions and Contrasts in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Countless acclaimed novels attain prestige through their esteemed authors’ tendency to critique their culture and time period; among these belongs Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Garcia Marquez. Garcia Marquez critiques the Colombian culture through an investigative depiction of the events leading to a fellow citizen’s death in a small town in Colombia. Marquez incorporates … Read moreTensions and Contrasts in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Setting and character portrayal, not plot, are essential elements of fiction: The Assault and Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Setting and character portrayal play monumental roles in conveying themes as well as the author’s purpose in literature. In The Assault and Chronicle of Death Foretold, Mulisch and Marquez use these techniques to illustrate the dynamic within groups as well as the impact of society on an individual. In these works of literature, setting and … Read moreSetting and character portrayal, not plot, are essential elements of fiction: The Assault and Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Dry September

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold and William Faulkner’s “Dry September” are very similar to each other structurally and thematically, despite being separated by fifty years and a regional and linguistic barrier. They both use nonlinear story-telling to unravel tales of a wrongful murder. However, beyond this surface similarity, further analyses of the … Read moreChronicle of a Death Foretold and Dry September