Chronicles of a Death Foretold

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Chronicles of a Death Foretold written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells the story behind a murder that occurred within a community. Santiago Nasar, a wealthy ranch owner, was murdered for dishonoring Angela Vicario, a girl who comes from a poor family. Throughout the entire story, we get people’s ideas and perspectives about the impending murder and by the end of the story, the Vicario twins are not the only murderers; rather, the entire community becomes murderers as well because of their carelessness and failure to attempt to stop the impending murder. The author begins his story by telling us that Santiago Nasar was going to be killed. By opening up the book this way, it draws the reader in and the readers begin to ask themselves questions. Marquez doesn’t want to dive straight into showing us the murder because he wants us to learn about how it came to happen first and to introduce us to everyone’s point of view that was there that day before revealing the details of the murder itself. He doesn’t just want us to get an investigatory view because it only allows us to see the murder through one person, whereas the way that the story is written allows us to see the murder through many different points of view. Towards the very end of the book, the author finally shows us the murder of Santiago Nasar taking place. It tells us that he was stabbed on his front porch and eventually collapsed and died in his house. Waiting until the end of the book to actually see the murder taking place allows the reader to fully complete the circle that he or she is going in throughout the entire book. In order to fully understand what is happening, one must wait until the end, when all the pieces of the story fit together, to finally be able to understand all the questions that the reader has from the beginning of the book when we were first told of the looming murder. In holding

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