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Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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Transcript of Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Marquez and Gender Issues

Marquez shows gender roles and sexism through the faults in the characters in the novel.
Marquez doesn't agree with the inequality of women and men. He continued to show the negatives about the Spanish culture and the different roles and treatment of the characters.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Often times gender roles take the best of people influencing them to demonstrate their ability without reason

Women vs. Men
"The brother's were brought up to be men." (31)

"She'd made love to him in secret for several years in the stables of the ranch, and he brought her to be a house servant when the affect was over." (9-10) Victoria Guzman had her own seducer, Ibrahim, father of Santiago. She was used for sex--pleasure.

Bayardo returned Angela because she wasn't pure, yet the likeliness of him being 'pure' was unlikely.
"They knew how do to embroidery, sew by machine, weave cone lace, wash and iron, make artificial flowers and fancy candy, and write engagement announcements" (31) Women are expected to do these without question.

"Angela Vicario only dared hint at the inconvenience of a lack of love, but her mother demolished it with a single phrase: 'Love can be learned too.'" (35) Angela didn't love Bayardo but it was her obligation to marry him.

"'They're perfect,' she was frequently heard to say. 'Any man will be happy with them because they've been raised to suffer.'"(31) Women from the day they were born were neglected and expected never to be happy.

Angela Vicario was the main woman exposed of the different treatment within men and women. Followed by Victoria, Divina, and Maria who were all taken advantage of due to their social class and of course them being women.

Discuss gender relations and examine the roles that women play in the story.
Angela Vicario
She was a powerful person in the novel. She was what caused and triggered everything that had happened. It all started when Bayardo brought her home with her satin dress in shreds finding out she wasn't a virgin. Then Angela provoked the following events with this quote, "'Santiago Nasar,' she said."

In the novel she is never proven to be wrong. She continued to claim Santiago as her 'seducer'.
"Cult of Machismo"
Machismo is the masculine pride seen in the novel. Especially by the Vicario brother's who are set out to restore honor in their family by murder.
Machismo is the injustice acknowledged.

The murder of Santiago was 'okay'.
"'I knew what they were up to,' she told me, 'and I didn't only agree, I never would have married him if he hadn't done what a men should do'" (62) said Prudencia. Shows the expectations of men and the women's awareness of how important honor is.

"'Before God and before men,' Pablo Vicario said. 'It was a matter of honor'." (49) The twins were let off because honor was valued more than authority.

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
-Stay virgins until marriage
-Responsible for the honor in the family
-Expectations: suppose to be the 'housewife'
-Decision of marriage is an obligation
-Treated more like 'slaves' rather than equals
-There just to please men, weather they are happy in a relationship or not.
-Can sleep around with whoever they wanted.
-Responsible for the 'manly' work.
-Men are valued more than women.
-Aren't judged as harshly as women are.
-Allowed to do whatever they want with whom they want.
-Have a great amount of free will.
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