(Chronicle of a Death Foretold)
Chronicle of a Death Foretold tells the somewhat tragic death of Santiago Nasar at the hands of Angela Vicario—not the Vicario twins. Her forced marriage led to all sorts of feelings against the people around her that very well could have been the cause of Angela blaming Santiago for the loss of her virginity—but that does not mean that it is not true. Her negativity starts out with Bayardo San Roman, Angela’s groom. He enters the scene seeing Angela on multiple occasions in the town. On the first time they saw each other ‘first hand,’ Angela was in charge of singing out the raffle numbers when Bayardo came up and “just to impress her, had bought all the tickets in the raffle,” (Márquez, 32).
This set an ongoing feeling of being bought for Angela, and it continues throughout their so-called courtship. Also her mother’s view on the idea and how she handled it with her daughter was interesting. After Bayardo introduced his family to Angela and the rest of her own family, her mother, Pura Vicario, was very high on the fact that they should get married. She was so fond of the idea that when Angela protested that she didn’t love him, her mother returned saying that her love can be learned. At this point Angela has to feel so pressured to marry this man that she can’t love him and she wants to do anything she can do to prevent this marriage from working out, thus causing her loss of virginity. This event was on purpose. The only person that felt the same about this Bayardo was herself, which made Angela an outcast amongst her surroundings. The fact that she had premarital sex was simply an act of rebellion against her parents who were forcing her upon this marriage, and seeing as though Santiago loved his women, it makes all the sense in the world that he took her virginity. This just goes to show you how society is, and was, for people in that area at that time. They just don’t care about feelings as a whole; they just jump at any opportunity that puts them in a better position for wealth. This makes one question what the definition of happiness is because in American society today, happiness is more of how satisfied one is with oneself, while in their society it is more of how rich you are. And that can be a two headed monster because with the American standard of happiness wealth is not a given it is something lucky people have yet they fail to realize that it is diligence not luck that earns money while one can still be happy without riches. In Angela Vicario’s society one is not looked on as happy or successful unless he or she has money which closes the door for feelings to play a part in decision-making, and that is just a result of poverty.
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold conceptually takes place in a Latin American society where, coming from a US opinion, the word “American” should not even be included in the name. There are so many differences between our society and the one tin the book that it is hard to believe that we are continentally connected. With that, the reason this book is so difficult to read becomes so clear that it makes me want to read it less and less with every page. Personally I believe that this book was written in Spanish originally for a very good reason—and it is not because Márquez does not speak English. The everyday problems the people in the story face are so irrelevant to any English speaker’s life that the story becomes extremely difficult to read because we cannot relate to it. Do not get me wrong, Márquez is a great writer, I mean he won the Nobel Prize for a reason, it is just based off this book, he should not be considered an author but a journalist. It is hard for me to believe that it took a lot of effort for Márquez to write this piece of literature, if you can even call it that, seeing as though it is believed to be based off of a true story. Personally I think this book is more of a journal than a novel, which only goes to show you how misinterpreted the book is by us. Literature, in my mind, has to paint a picture in my mind without me putting effort into it. This book forces me to try relatively hard just to create an image in my head and at that point my interest in what I am reading is gone and has to be regenerated. So bottom line, Márquez gets the story across, it is just so far beyond the American rational that it is hard to read making it disinteresting.
The Story of B is the third book by Daniel Quinn that I have read. It is the story of Jared Osborne, a Laurentian Priest of the Roman Catholic Church, who discovers through his adventure that the world and church he believes in is not at all what he thinks it is. He is sent on a mission by the church to investigate a heretic who could turn out to be the anti-Christ. As he investigates and becomes ...