Ryan Singh Professor Palade English 11212/14/17The novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, has a variety of themes that build up the plot of the story.
One of the essential themes in the novel is machismo. Machismo is defined as the ideal idea of what a man is supposed to be. This includes appearing physically strong and a breadwinner. Physical appearance is one of the most important elements of being a macho man. In the novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, an essential theme that is portrayed throughout the course of the story is machismo shown through the sexual manner of the male characters.Chronicle of a Death Foretold is made up of various themes.
Ideally, machismo is manliness, being able to dominate and take your role as the head of the household. This specific theme and idea also plays a role in describing the responsibility men held during this time period. As shown in the novel, machismo is being able to display dominance. During the time period the story takes place, women are depicted as inferior to men and depicted to be submissive in the eyes of a man’s needs. Women were property, not people. Women were known as the property of all men, fathers, brothers, uncles, husbands, etc.The novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of the best-written works.
The story is about a man who is murdered because he is accused to have taken the virginity of a lady in line for marriage. The murder of the perpetrator is said to have been investigated for about twenty-seven years. Bayardo San Roman married Angela Vicario. On the day of their wedding, Bayardo decides that Angela is not worthy of being his wife because she is not a virgin, and he hands her back to her family. Her parents eventually discover that the man who allegedly took Angela’s virginity was Santiago Nasar, a rich man from the village. After being informed on this information, Angela’s brothers take it upon themselves to murder Santiago for taking their dear sister’s virginity.
The main focus in the book is on the murder of Santiago Nasar. The Vicario brothers felt responsible in murdering this man in their sister’s honor. The story gives much detail on the murder itself, why the murder took place, and all questions in between. The narrator explains the long-term effects of the murder on the town and its people. The question that does remain unanswered is whether or not Santiago should have been murdered.
The society the author places us in where the social structures are so rigid explain why people in the town acted as they did. Santiago was a man of much wealth and placed in a high social class, which explains why many may have acted in either hatred or admiration.