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In the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Marguez the characters lack individualization and the communal values determine the events of the town The characters in this novel only watch what happens but never try to stop it The characters thought that nothing evil could happen when the bishop was coming to their town Therefore they never believed all the threats that were made toward the main character Nasro Santiago The communal values evolve around religious events having family honor and virginity Although the Churchs betrayal is multifaceted the bishops arrival symbolizes its failure most clearly pg 195 Arnold Penuel Everyone was concerned with hisher own forgiveness and being blessed by the bishop Even the priest did not prevent the murder because of the distractions from the bishop It seems that they did a lot of preparations trying to please the bishop to free themselves from the sin that was about to happen later that day The perfunctoriness of the peoples faith matches that of the bishops blessing as he passes by without stopping It was a fleeting illusion the bishop began to make the sign of the cross in the air opposite the crowd on the pier and he kept doing it mechanically without malice or inspiration until the boat was out of sight There is no explanation of why the bishop hates the town but if he does- and passing by reveals at least indifference-such an attitude is at odds with the Christian doctrine of love and forgiveness pg 27 Gabriel Marquezpg 195 Arnold Penuel Religion is suppose to be a positive center but instead is something they are hypocritical about The bishop destroys all their hope of happiness The bishop does not follow his religion which requires to love and forgive instead he shows that he hates the town Therefore by fate the town becomes evil with one murder Santiagos
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