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Chronicles Of The Death Foretold And Religion

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold: The Role of Religion

The role of religion in Colombian culture and especially in Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, plays a huge part in main event of the story, murder of Santiago Nassar. The society and its community groups featured in the story have close relations with Catholic religion and church. The most important part of Catholic religion is the idea of that a woman's virginity have to be kept until her marriage. The importance of the church is clearly shown in the novel, as it’s an important part of most Latin American countries and communities. This is represented in big preparations they’ve made for the ...view middle of the document...

The public values renewable around the religious events, and having family honor. Although the church’s betrayals are various, the bishop’s arrival was symbolizing its failure more obvious. Everyone in the town, including the priest did not preclude the killing of one another because they were scared by the bishop. It was seem that they’ve did many of important preparations, trying to please him. The people’s stereotype matched that of the bishop’s as he passed by without stopping and coming out of his boat, and this is shown in the lines “…it was a fleeting illusion: the bishop began to make a sign of the cross with his hands in the air, opposite to the crowd on the pier, and he kept doing it mechanically, without malice or inspiration, until the boat was out of sight.” There was no explanation of why the bishop does not like the town, but if he does, he presented the attitude which goes against the Catholic doctrine of love, peace and forgiveness.

Religion was supposed to be a positive center of culture, but instead it was something that they are double-dealing. The bishop destroyed all their hopes of happiness, faith and did not follow his religion doctrine, which was always required love and forgiveness. The bishop instead shows that he did not like the town; therefore on one early morning the town became evil with a murder. Santiago Nassar’s murder relates to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and this is shown in the line “…it looks like a stigma of the crucified Christ.” This detail fits with the impression that they’ve created in one moment during their assault, when they’re nailed Santiago to the hard wooden door. The circumstances that Santiago was killed in relate closely to Christ’s story from the Holy Bible. No one did anything to stop the evil murder and did not look at the widespread knowledge of the Vicario brothers. Santiago was stabbed seven times which shows the hostility of his body and his wasted life. During the opening up of his body, people in the town did not even get a chance to doctor to look at his body, but instead, they had the Father Carmen, who had nothing to do with his knowledge. Father Carmen had ruined the body altogether, up to the point where the body became unrecognizable. He should be regretful to call himself a Catholic, as disrespecting a human corpse in such a distasteful manner. Moreover, Father Carmen continued to be a disingenuous to his religion by treating Santiago’s body in disrespectful manner, and this is shown when he...

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