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The central action which molds Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the foretold murder of young Santiago Nasar by the hands of the Vicario brothers The death of Santiago is revealed to us immediately in the very first lines His crime was the supposedly defilement of Angela Vicario the sister of the Vicario brothers which happened to be the antecedent of the murder itself The real tragedy of this novel can be said to be the murdering of this man Santiago Nasar not by the actual murderers but by his own town He was killed in by and along with a town for their silence on that dreadful day In short the Vicario Brothers killed Santiago in a literal way but the towns silence and reluctance to intervene the act of honor was the true reason Santiago Nasar was no more The reason that this murder even took place was the fact that Santiago Nasar was believed to have sexually assaulted Angela Vicario When Angela Vicarios husband discovers his brides lost virtue on their wedding night he returns her to the house of her mother and softly pushed his wife into the house without speaking a word Marquez 46 She is now damaged goods and a disgrace to her family name When questioned Angela Vicario names Santiago Nasar as her violator Although she had mailed it on the wall upon his being the one no other evidence or witness was ever produced to confirm her claim Marquez 47Drunk from the wedding festivities her twin brothers announce all over town their intentions to meet with Nasar in the morning To explain Nasars apparent ignorance of what is about to occur the town speculates that he is either innocent of the act too arrogant to expect punishment for it or that it is his fate - which leads to his death The town in which the story takes place is a small Latin
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