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Symbolism in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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Symbolism in Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Animals
- Another symbol was the slaughtering of animals
- First introduced: Chapter 1 -> Victoria Guzman (cook), throws the guts of butchered rabbits to the dogs.
- Later addressed: Chapter 4 -> Santiago Nasar is "butchered". Dogs want to eat his guts
- Other animals that are also referred to as being slaughtered include pigs and roosters.



Smells
- After Santiago Nasar is killed, the Vicario twins can not escape the smell of Nasar from their skin
- make numerous attempts to wash themselves
- Santiago Nasar smell is in the entire town
- Symbolises: the guilt shared by the community for the senseless and needless death of Santiago Nasar, an innocent man.



Weather
- Many references were made by characters throughout the novel that related to the weather
- Some characters thought it rained the day that Santiago Nasar was murdered
- Others thought that it did not
- Suggested that dreams and weather = omens that foretell lucky or unlucky events -> significance is never fully explained
- Meaning is clouded -> BUT the weather still plays a major part in the atmosphere of the novel
- A theory: that excuses made to cover guilt -> caused their memories to be different.
- People who believed that they had no contribution to Santiago Nasar's death = blue, sunny skies
- People who knew that they contributed in some way -> a raining day
Flowers
FLOWERS:
-Closely linked the the virginity of a woman
- Young woman = buds
- Mature women = roses
-"deflowered" = a women losing her virginity.
-Symbolise women and purity
ARTIFICAL FLOWERS:
- Unreal -> represents a false representation of purity. -> A disguise used to display a false truth.
- Angela -> makes these flowers in hope to redeem herself from her "deflowered" mishap. -> hopes that by creating these flowers her impurity will be hidden -> will prove that is she is actually pure.




Dreams
- Very important symbol
- First introduced: Santiago Nasar -> dreamed the night before his death
-> Dreamed that he was flying, passing through timber trees, which are evergreens
- Evergreens = immortality, everlasting life or a undying spirit -> adds to the ironic theme presented in the novel in a symbolic way.
- Flying = moving to the next level spiritually -> foreshadowing death



The Cult of Death
- Novel details the death of Nasar
-First introduced: Page 1 "On the day they were going to kill him"
- Title also features the word, "death" -> relates to the entire theme of the novel
-Santiago Nasar's death was a symbol for the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
- Throughout the novel there are many biblical references
Page 121: "to rise up out of his own blood"
- relates to the resurrection of Jesus

Quotes

Page 20: "Opposite shore came canoes bedecked with flowers"
Page 27: "When Angela Vicario and her mother crossed the square with two baskets of artificial flowers."
Page 42: "In the church he estimated that they'd set up floral decorations equal in cost to those for fourteen first class funerals"
Page 42: "I don't want any flowers at my funeral"
Page 104: "Nipping the bud of any wayward virgin"
Page 130: " Flora Miguel who wasn't that young anymore, was preserved like a rose,"
Quotes

Page 3: "He'd dreamed he was going through a grove of timber trees where a gentle drizzle was falling, and for an instant he was happy in his dream, but was he awoke he felt completely spattered with bird shit"
Quotes
Page 7: "She had been quartering three rabbits for lunch"
Page 8: "The two women who were dissembling the rabbits"
Page 52: "I was to ask the butchers sometime later whether or not to trade or slaughter didn't reveal a soul predisposed to killing a human being"
Page 121: "Pablo Vicario gave a horizontal slash on the stomach and all his intestines exploded out"
Quotes
Page 78: "Everything continued smelling of Santiago Nasar that day. The Vicario brothers could smell him in the jail cell where the mayor had locked them up until he could think of something to do with them. "No matter how much a scrubbed with soap and rags, I couldn't get rid of the smell," Pedro Vicario told me."
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