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Point of View
Transcript of Point of View
"’I didn’t warn him because I thought it was drunkard’s talk,’ she told me. Nevertheless, Divina Flor confessed to me on a later visit, after her mother had died, that the latter hadn’t said anything to Santiago Nasar because in the depths of her heart she wanted to kill him" (pg.13)
"Don't beat it to death, cousin," she told me. '[Santiago Nasar] was the one" (104).
Bayardo San Roman
Pablo and Pedro Vicario
"They'd gone three nights without sleep, but they couldn't rest because as soon as they began to fall asleep they would commit the crime all over again." (90) (Ch.4)
- Example of minor POV that was also at fault for the death
- Closest to Santiago before his murder
- Arguably then the man with the most responsibility to warn
- Still fails to warn Santiago Nasar
Perspective and POV Shift
Guilt is an overarching concept that is spread throughout all of society
Point of View
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- No one person was completely guilty of the murder
- POV change shows fault of the town that led to the murder
- One of the POV that showed negativity towards Santiago
- Divina Flor knew about the murder
- Santiago sexually abused Divina
- Santiago's actions leads to Divina's hatred for him
- Eventually leads to her not warning him about the murder
- Prominent but questionable POV throughout the novel
- Loses her virginity and blames Santiago
- No hard facts to back up her claim
- Ultimately leads a probable innocent Santiago's death
"Bayardo San Roman didn't enter, but softly pushed his wife into the house without speaking a word" (52).
- Bayardo's POV can be said as the base of the murder
- Bayardo gave Angela back after finding out she wasn't a virgin
- Was fueled by and craved for revenge
- Wanting revenge lead to Santiago's death
- The twins also have a prominent POV
- Committed the murder
- Good chance Santiago was innocent as well
- Not only was guilty, felt guilty as shown in the quote
How do perspective shifts shape our understanding of the story? In what manner would a straight, chronological narrative alter the account?
"Cristo Bedoya then made his only mortal mistake: he thought that Santiago Nasar had decided at the last moment to have breakfast at our house before changing his clothes, and he went to look for him there" (130).
- The guilt of different character's shown through POV
- Their guilt shows us murder isn't straightforward
- Not just the twins at fault
- Using POV, shows the complications of murder and its impact of guilt on society