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Allusions in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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Caleb Whetton

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Transcript of Allusions in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

A figure of speech in which the author indirectly refers to a place, event, individual, or literary work.
What is an allusion?
Cocks crowing three times
Three references are made by Márquez regarding the crowing of roosters on the morning of Santiago's death.

The rooster is seen as a religious protector, said to be vigilant against all evil.


Crates of roosters were taken to the docks in order to please the bishop, however the only contact he makes with the town is through a series of "mechanically driven crosses without the malice of inspiration to them."

It's ironic how the figurehead of the Church is exposing a symbolic animal for personal gain, alluding to religious indoctrination.
Santiago Nasar portrayed as a representation of Jesus Christ, in which his -

Body was propped up against a wooden door.
Right hand was impaled with a knife, looking "like the stigma of the crucified Christ." (Pg.76)
Clothing was made up of white linen.

Santiago's innocence is emphasised through direct speech, in which Pedro Vicario states upon killing Nasar -

"The strange thing is that the knife kept coming out clean." (Pg. 19)
Gabriel García Márquez
Allusions in 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold'
Santiago's Death
Falconry and Gil Vicente
At the beginning of the novel, Márquez includes a quote by Gil Vincente -


"The hunt for love is haughty falconry."
The word "falconry" pertains to the practice of hunting small game as well as training the birds to hunt. This definition reflects Angela and Bayrado's roles in the text.
Character names
Alluded to figures featuring in the Bible, such as -

Magdalena Oliver ->
Mary Magdalene
Pablo Vicario ->
Saint Paul
Pedro Vicario ->
Saint Peter
Poncio Vicario ->
Pontius Pilate
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