Chronicle of a Death Foretold was published in 1981 after a six-year literary hiatus during which García Márquez wrote a great deal of journalism. It appeared in the midst of a noisy controversy about its genre and about the relationship between reality and fiction. At first reading, Chronicle creates the illusion of transparency and linearity, which led to its being described as “a literary fraud.” The reader finds it easy to read, interesting and almost trivial, especially compared to One Hundred Years of Solitude or The Autumn of the Patriarch. But a masterpiece is hidden under a false linearity and an uncomplicated plot.
In his story Chronicle of a Death Foretold Gabriel García Márquez exquisitely exhibits a well crafted story of a foretold tragedy. Situated in García Márquez’s native Latin America the author portrays the typical strict code of morals characteristic of Latin America which eventually orchestrated a murder in the name of honor. Gabriel García Márquez artistically utilizes his journalistic experience with his literary abilities in Chronicle of a Death Foretold to create a wonderful story of murder and mystery. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold Gabriel García Márquez through the use of plot, character, point of view, symbol and irony exhibits a magnificent story of an announced death surrounded by a decorated Latin American folklore which adorns the story throughout its development, crafted from the mind of the journalist and the skill of the artist.
Tragedy begins in ancient Greece, of course, and the first great tragedies were staged as part of a huge festival known as the City Dionysia. Thousands of Greek citizens – Greek men, that is, for no women were allowed – would gather in the vast amphitheatre to watch a trilogy of tragic plays, such as Aeschylus’ Oresteia. Going to the theatre in ancient Greece was, socially speaking, closer to attending a football match than a modern-day theatre.
Because audiences were so vast,...