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Men and Women in Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Transcript of Men and Women in Chronicle of a Death Foretold
in Chronicle of a
A Double Standard for Purity
Honor and Gender
The Big Questions
“The brother were brought up to be men. The girls had been reared to get married.” (31)
“...Bayardo San Roman was going to marry whomever he chose. It was Angela Vicario who didn’t want to marry him…Angela Vicario never forgot the horror of the night on which her parents...imposed on her the obligation to marry a man whom she had barely seen.” (34)
“There was no public misfortune more shameful than for a woman to be jilted in her bridal gown…the fact that Angela Vicario dared put on the veil and the orange blossoms without being a virgin would be interpreted afterwards as a profanation of the symbols of purity.” (41)
“[Pedro] came back with a case of sergeant’s blennorrhea that resisted the most brutal methods of military medicine…’He spent about half an hour changing the gauze he had his pr*ck wrapped in.’” (60-1)
“Maria Alejandrina Cervantes…was the most elegant and the most tender woman I have ever known, and the most serviceable in bed…It was she who did away with my generation’s virginity.” (64-5)
“No one would have thought, nor did anyone say, that Angela Vicario wasn’t a virgin…’The only thing I prayed to God for was to give me the courage to kill myself,’ Angela Vicario told me.” (37-8)
“The lawyer stood by the thesis of homicide in legitimate defense of honor, which was upheld by the court in good faith, and the twins declared at the end of the trial that they would have done it again a thousand times over for the same reason.” (48)
“’I knew what they were up to,’ [Prudencia Cotes] told me, ‘and I didn’t only agree, I never would have married him if he hadn’t done what a man should do.’”
1. How do the roles of
men and women affect
the plot of Chronicle
of a Death Foretold?
2. Does the book make a judgment about these roles?
Discuss with your group:
1. In general, how are the men different from the women in
? Give examples.
2. How are the men's societal roles different than the women's?
3. Is there a double standard that exists in expectations? Explain.