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Machismo in a Chronicle of a death foretold

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Transcript of Machismo in a Chronicle of a death foretold

Machismo in a Chronicle of a death foretold
What is Machismo?
Strong or Aggressive masculine pride
In Hispanic culture it is referred to as the assumption that masculinity triumphs over femininity.
Defending honor/carry out family name
sense of power, or the right to dominance
Machismo is Honor
"The death of his father had forced him to abandon his studies at the end of secondary school in order to take charge of the family ranch" pg.8
in hispanic culture the dominate male is the father if the father dies then it is sons job to take over. This quote ties back to the motif of Machismo because the man is the head of the household.
Examples of Machismo/ Male Dominance
Purpose of Machismo
Machismo-an important part of Chronicle of a Death Foretold-can be seen in the emphasis on male pride in the novel and on the sexual behavior of the male characters. The men take pride in visiting Maria Cervantes's brothel, where they use women for sex. They are not ashamed of their actions, because their society endorses such desires and deeds. When Bayardo San Roman returns Angela Vicario, he demonstrates machismo-a woman is only worth marrying, he suggests, when she is a virgin; after that she is soiled. The Vicario brothers' murder of Santiago Nasar is also a machismo act-an attempt to take back Angela's honor by killing the man who deflowered her.
"I can imagine, my sons... honor doesn't wait" (62)
When a family's honor had been as badly destroyed as it had been in the Vicario brothers' case, the males of that family were obligated restore and the family name.
the Vicario brothers murdered Santiago Nasar in order to restore Angela's honor. This quote ties back to Machismo
Male Dominance
When Bayardo San Roman returns Angela Vicario, he demonstrates machismo-a woman is only worth marrying, when she is a virgin.
The Vicario brothers' murder of Santiago Nasar is also a machismo act-an attempt to take back Angela's honor by killing the man who deflowered her
In Mulan the male must fight in war
as a representative of the family
A lion symbolizes
strength
power
pride
Aggression
courage

Ex. "I knew what they were up to, and i didn't only agree, i never would have married him if he hadn't done what a man should do" (chapter 3 page 62)
This quote was spoken by Prudencia Cotes, the girlfriend of Pablo Vicario who was now his wife. This quote reveals the expectation of society that men should live up to a certain code of honor, even if it meant committing murder. This ties back to machismo as doing something for honor is a part of, especially in this society, masculine pride. The expectations of a man being a man was very high. If a man didn't do what they had to do back then, they would be frowned upon or even shunned by the rest of society.
Ex. "The death of his father had forced him to abandon his studies at the end of secondary school in order to take charge of the family ranch" (chapter 1 page 8)
In Hispanic culture, the dominant male figure in the family is usually the father. The father is expected by the family to make the money for the family and take care of everything that is not expected of women, like washing dishes and doing laundry. Males are expected to do this but if the dominant male figure passes away, then the son of the family will become the dominant figure and take over making money. This ties back to machismo because males believe that their gender plays an important role in what they must do when they grow up. It is evident in this society that men were raised to pursue make a family and provide for them.
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