Santiago Nasar Violence

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The element of violence is vital because it separates masculinity and femininity. The presence of masculinity and femininity as a whole is utilized as a tangible form of validation. Characters seek extensively for fulfillment through satisfying the suppositions provided by the surrounding society. Violence aids in defining the characteristics that create the ideal men and women. The idealism established and supported by violence is the backbone of the themes. Distinctively, the values between traditional Latin men and women waver because of the pre-established cultural ideology. Inherently, the males within the storyline hold an exaggerated sense of power expressed in a multitude of manners; most commonly being through committing acts of sexual,…show more content…
Men whom were living products of machismo culture were stereotypically thought of as handsome, fortune barring, avid womanizers, loud and outspoken, muscular, and most notably excessively proud. Nasar inhibited all of these traits and more. He was a machismo man. In the beginning of the novella, he commits acts of violence that directly reflect the teachings of the Latin culture established by Márquez. "Santiago Nasar grabbed her by the wrist when she came to take the empty mug from him. 'The time has come for you to be tamed, ' he told her" (Márquez, 9). He refers to Divina Flor through a comparison of an animal that he can "tame". This was an act meant to exert his manliness and sexual superiority, justified by machismo culture. He was a womanizer and later Divina Flor fell victim to machismo once more. " 'He grabbed my whole pussy, ' Divina Flor told me. 'It was what he always did when he caught me alone in some corner of the house, but that day I didn 't feel the usual surprise but an awful urge to cry '" (Márquez, 13). Nasar often expressed his sexuality with women, wanted or not because he was a man, capable of anything with the social status and privilege his…show more content…
The traditional roles taken by men within the novella were roles that were higher ranked in society. Roles that were dignified and labeled masculine. The social structure made men superior and privileged over women. Which is why, when crimes were committed by men, they were most often justified or let go rather than punished. " ' We killed him openly, ' Pedro Vicario said, 'but we 're innocent ' (Márquez, 49). Women were robbed of this criminal dismissal and instead pressured to find a man whom was socially worthy to provide for them. " 'She confessed to me that he 'd managed to impress her, but for reasons opposite those of love. 'I detested conceited men, and I 'd never seen one so stuck-up, ' she told me..." (Márquez, 29). Society told women and men alike to marry despite their actual feelings because love had no true value over tangible items. People rather fulfill expectations to gain social acceptance thus achieving lifelong happiness. The expectations were so heavy that men and women would often hop city to city in search of a lover whom would be able to meet all of the criteria necessary to obtain the notice of others. Without each other, gender roles wouldn 't be possible to satisfy and thus validation wouldn 't be acquired. The fear of being ostracized from society, ran their lives. The basis of everyone 's life decisions was basically predetermined and the emotional damage suffered by being shunned was enough for
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