Religion In Gabriel Marquez's Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

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Gabriel Marquez was born in Colombia in 1928, whilst he was growing up Colombia was an overwhelming Roman Catholic country and the church heavily influenced the society. This can be seen very early on already in the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold because every time the bishops boat goes past their town everyone dresses up and hopes to get “a chance to kiss the bishop’s ring”. The story follows the murder of Santiago Nasar, who is accused of taking Angelica Vicaro’s virginity. When she is returned back to her families home on her wedding night her brothers decide to regain their families honour by killing the man who had originally taken that honour from them. From this alone we can deduce that Colombian society followed old traditions heavily influenced by religion, since premarital sex was a taboo. In the novel, Marquez describes the Vicaro family, explaining, “the girls had been reared to get married”. When Marquez was growing up Colombia was still practicing old traditions and the people were very devoted to their religions and culture, this can be seen throughout the entire novel. Marquez uses the town, its people and the murder of Santiago Nasar in order to show the flaws of interpretation of Latin society. “We killed him openly, Pedro Vicario said, but we we’re innocent. Perhaps before God, said Father Amador. Before God and before men, Pablo Vicaro said. It was a matter of honour”. This quote explains how the brothers murdered Santiago in order to regain
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