How Does Culture and Tradition Affect the Lives of the Major Characters of the Chronicles of a Death Foretold? Essay

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ESSAY TOPIC: How does culture and tradition affect the lives of the major characters of the book? Chronicle of a Death Foretold gives us immense knowledge about Latin American Culture of the 1950’s. Since Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born and brought up in Colombia, his book delves deeply into the Colombian culture and how it affected the lives of characters. The novel begins with a big festivity- marriage of Bayardo San Roman and Angela Vicario. Many people thought it was an outsider’s perfidy since Bayardo San Roman belonged to a rich, wealthy and well reputed family whereas Angela was a girl of a modest family. This shows that society gave massive importance to social status. There was a clear divide of power between the rich and middle class as a result of which Angela had no say in her wedding. Bayardo also took pride in discussing cost of wedding and money whereas Angela took it as an impertinence. This shows the rich were proud and even took pleasure in the reputation and status they owned. Bayardo did not woo her directly but in fact he pleased Angela’s family. Angela did not even know Bayardo and felt no love for him but she was forced to marry him as her mother clearly told her ‘Love can be learned too’. This clearly brings out the psychological thinking and mind set of people. Women had no say in important matters and were considered inferior. Surprisingly, a woman was supposed to be a virgin before her marriage but there was no such restriction for men. Women had unconsciously accepted their inferiority in society. Pura Vicario had raised her daughters to be housewives and she too had ‘devoted herself with such spirit of sacrifice to the care of her husband and the rearing of her children that at times one forgot she still existed.’ This clearly portrays that women were considered meek and had no voice of their own. They were so tied up with

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