Chronicle Of The Death Foretold Analysis

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In the novella, Chronicle of the Death Foretold, Gabriel García Marquez explores the malleability of truth through the use of point of view to question the extent of how one’s role in society affects one’s decision. In this compelling novella the narrator speaks in a journalistic tone while finding different perspectives of each of the character’s memory of the murder of Santiago Nasar. Each character holds a unique twist of what happened twenty years ago on that tragic day that no one will forget but everyone has a different version of. The style the novella Marquez chose is very influential on how he truth is discovered from each character. Marquez chose an unnamed, unknown, first person narrator. The narrator parallels with the reader in that the narrator and the audience are both given all conflicting perspectives of every version uncovered. The narrator does not share the same association the other characters he interviews in the novella because he no longer lives in their village. The narrator 's loose attachment from the murder is evident when he says, “I met him a short while after she [narrator’s mother] did, when I came home for Christmas vacation” (28). The narrator was not in his town for the event so he is not as connected as most of the characters that share their story in the novella. Thus, the narrator avoids biased opinions, allowing the reader to find their opinion. Small details such as weather, the narrator includes, “Many people coincided in reading
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