Chronicle Of A Death Foretold Analysis

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The Power of a Community The cultural values and standard of living within a community has a way of molding individuals and their ways of life to fit certain criteria. In his Novella, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, author Gabriel Garcia Marquez demonstrates how the value of honor and machismo can be powerful and victimizing of individuals like the Vicario brothers. These set values can sometimes be powerful enough to manipulate one’s actions even if one knows that action to be morally wrong. By analyzing the actions of Pablo and Pedro Vicario, readers can see that it was not due to a personal vendetta but due to the community standards of machismo and honor that lead the brothers to carry out the murder of Santiago Nasar. This is a catholic society where women are held accountable…show more content…
Whereas this society praises female purity and remaining a virgin until after marriage, men are free to go to brothels and have sex with women and do as they please. Because of this double standard for men and woman one can begin to get a sense of Marquez’s ideas of the hypocrisy that surrounds the catholic religion and its fallowers. Although this is a Catholic community, they seem to disregard the sixth commandment “thou shalt not kill” and the ninth amendment “thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”. It is evident that they disregard the sixth amendment because the Vicario brothers have murdered Santiago Nasar for the ‘honor of their family’ but the rest of the community, although they are shaken up greatly by this event, they do not consider the brothers actions as sinful. They understood that it was a matter of pride and honor that drove the boys to seek out Nasar and that it was in “the twins’ simple nature [that they were] incapable of resisting an insult” (pg.100-101). Going against the ninth amendment “thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”, Angela violates this commandment when her family discovers that she
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