Thursday, February 7, 2008

Chronicle of a Death Foretold: A culture of contradictions?

The novel portrays a town full of contradictions: It is a religious community that flocks to see the bishop, but the bishop sails by indifferently. Santiago Nasar's mother is famous as an interpreter of dreams, but she fails to interpret Santiago's dream correctly in the hours before he is murdered. Virginity is such a sacred value in this culture that it is worth murdering over, and yet a house of prostitution (Maria Alejandrina Cervantes' House of Mercies) is open day and night, even during the wedding, and many of the main characters go there. What other contradictions and ironies are there in the book? What do they suggest about this community?

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