Magical Realism In Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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Gabriel García Márquez’ Chronicle of a Death Foretold is written in a narrative style that is an amalgam of the journalistic and the fictional style. It is written in the form of the traditional ‘chronicle’, a style particularly popular in Latin America for the purpose of historiography. Márquez takes on the journalistic narration of the chronicle, and adds to it his flair for the artistic elements of magical realism. The objective of this paper is to study the and unearth Márquez’ commentary on society as a cultural unit. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s journalistic novella, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, makes poignant and striking remarks on the idea of community and how community becomes the reason behind the final act of murder. Gabriel Marquez works on the sentiment of role models, such as the government, the honor in masochism, and the church, in…show more content…
Like General Petronio San Roman, whose being present there forced “everyone to realize that Bayardo San Roman was going to marry whomever he chose”, Gabriel Marquez exposes decorated heroes as bullies and abusers of a general public (34). Although many of the townspeople rush to appease this figurehead, others stick closer to their morals, creating a better example for the common people to follow. More poignantly, Colonel Lazaro Aponte’s is revealed with a long string of missteps and failures throughout the unraveling of the plot that truly calls into question any kind of leadership skill he may possess. As his job likely resulted from patronage between the government and the military, his naivety and foolishness allows him to be “at peace with his soul” even when making fatal errors (53). Through questioning Aponte’s legitimacy, Gabriel Marquez establishes a platform to criticize
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