Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and journalist
- wrote The Chronicle of a Death Foretold in 1981
- popularized literary technique of magical realism
- won 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature
Compare how Garcia Marquez has explored the themes of judgment and punishment and with what effect.
- explores themes through Bayardo San Roman & Angela Vicario’s failed marriage
- Pura punishes Angela when Pura finds out Bayardo returned her daughter after finding out she wasn’t a virgin
- Angela’s brothers, Pablo and Pedro, vow to kill the man who took their sister’s virginity and disgraced their family to restore honor in their family
- Vicario Family worried about judgement bestowed upon them with the failed engagement
Why did Garcia Marquez do this?
- extreme measures of judgment and punishment create magical realism effect of novel
- regular society wouldn’t have such consequences for having sex before marriage
- Pablo and Pedro’s response of killing Santiago Nasar is also unwarranted
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