Importance Of Time In Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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In the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the narrator sets out on a journey to assemble the remaining pieces of truth surrounding the murder of Santiago Nasar, twenty-seven years after incident. As the narrator recounts the series of facts relating to Santiago’s death, the reader becomes aware of the emptiness, as an accumulation of these informations can’t recreate the event itself. Judging both the narrator’s desire to revisit the past and the foretold events leading up to Santiago’s death, the narrative explores the ways in which the past and the future have an effect upon the present state. The narrator uses the form of a chronicle to organize time into a confined segment, he engages in the nature of time itself and the analysis of the murder. Captivated by the murder that occurred nearly 30 years ago, the narrator continues to look for the truth surrounding Santiago’s death out of desire secure the past. The basic motivation to investigate the murder is the curiosity over the town’s awareness of the approaching murder, he also suggests that he finds in the incident that happened a reflection of his own experience: “I returned to this forgotten village, trying to put the broken …show more content…

As the past and future impose upon the present state, time reveals itself to be more of a rounded body which interacts in a way that defies the limitations created by the segmented chronicle. This way, the narrator remains constrained by the straight experience of his present state and the ability of change to happen in his memory, while time functions in a unpredictable way. Individuals are vulnerable against the principles of time, and ultimately the novela suggests that the power of the present, allows the individuals to change the meaning given to the past and

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