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Title: Chronicle of a Death Foretold


1
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
  • By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2
About the author
  • Born in Aracataca, Columbia in 1928
  • Grew up in a house with his aunts, uncles, and
    grandparents
  • The women told him tales of superstition and
    fantasy while the men kept him grounded in
    reality
  • Dropped out of college because of civil war and
    became a reporter for a newspaper
  • His best known work is One Hundred Years of
    Solitude
  • His writing reflects the influences of his
    grandmothers stories as well as the myths,
    superstitions, and lifestyle of Latin America
  • Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982

3
A Brief Summary
  • Relates the events leading up to following the
    murder of 21 year old Santiago Nasar
  • He is killed by the Vicario twins to avenge the
    loss of their sisters honor
  • 27 years later, the narrator returns to his home
    town to put back together the broken mirror of
    memory
  • The story is constructed from the fragmented
    sometimes conflicting versions of events
    remembered by the townspeople and the narrator
    himself

4
Historical Context
  • Latin American Culture
  • Derived from both European settlers/conquerors
    customs as well as the traditions of native
    inhabitants
  • Resulted from an intermixing of male immigrants
    and female natives
  • Marquez blends elements of both cultures

5
Themes to look for
  • Honor
  • How does honor play a role in the events that
    take place?
  • Revenge
  • Which characters seek revenge?
  • What type of revenge is enacted?
  • Gender Roles
  • What is the difference between what is acceptable
    for men and what is acceptable for women?
  • Supernatural
  • What kind of omens are perceived before the
    murder?
  • Deception
  • Who is deceived by whom and how are they
    deceived?
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