Culture In Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold, is heavily based around Colombian culture. This is made apparent throughout the novel with aspects of family honor and religion reoccurring throughout the novel. To what extent does culture influence the novel and how would it differ from other countries. The United States, China and Iran vary immensely in relation to Colombia but where do they share similarities and when do they differ.
North American (NA) culture could be considered as a control of sorts with its massive combination of cultures, otherwise called a melting pot. North America carries aspects of Asia, Africa and even Colombia while maintaining its own unique culture. The Southern areas of North America are more heavily oriented around religion,
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In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, religion is the most prevalent theme in the book, with the story constantly alluding to the Bible itself. The Chinese culture, on the other hand, is accustomed to a lack of religious activity because of the popularity of philosophies (the most common one being Confucianism) which dates back to the Han Dynasty or 206BC. The second most reason for China’s religious abstinence is due to the imperialist nations whom it shared conflict with during the Opium Wars. With this background information alone, one may assume that a country such as North America or Colombia wouldn’t be similar; however, the importance of honor is shared in both Colombia and China. When compared to Colombia, China has far more aspects which contribute to honor, including education, job, real-estate and marriage. The inclusion of marriage in these attributes is what would end up in a similar outcome to the original situation in Chronicle of a Death Foretold. If a daughter were to be returned to the family after the night of a wedding in China, it would dishonor the family, she was returned to and this would cause a conflict. In opposition to what occurred in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, in order to regain honor, an official duel must be carried out opposed to murder. In this case, the story had a possibility that Santiago would have lived and in turn, neither of the Vicario brothers would have been arrested. The structure of the story itself would not have changed primarily due to the fact of how women are treated less like equals and more like property within both societies and the idea that the family name should not be

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