Examples Of Catholicism In Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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The Corruption of Catholicism in Chronicle of a Death Foretold Catholicism, although started as a loving religion that surrounded itself around the ideas of acceptance and forgiveness, has been corrupted and turned into a religion used as an excuse for hate and violence, partially by the people who claim to be devout and supportive of the religion. The author of Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, conveys this idea of Catholicism being corrupt as the theme of the novel. Marquez portrays the corruption in the novel through his characters such as Santiago Nasar, the bishop and priest, who are leaders of the faith, and the Vicario family. Santiago Nasar, who commits many sins on a regular basis, is ironically portrayed as a Christ figure, the bishop and priest are portrayed negatively, when such leaders would be assumed to be pure and shown in a positive light, and the…show more content…
To set the tone, Marquez tells a story right at the beginning of the novel about a statue of a saint that had been hit by a bullet and turned to dust. In this anecdote the statue of the saint represents the Catholic religion and all that is good of it. The statue is shot and destroyed because of the carelessness of humanity, just as the carelessness of humanity distorts the morals and good of Catholicism and turns them to dust, leading to corruption. Throughout the novel we can see examples of Catholicism being soiled and ruined just as the statue had. Throughout Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Marquez ironically conveys Santiago Nasar as a Christ figure to show that the morals of Catholicism have been forgotten and the religion

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