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To understand the role of religion in Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez first we have to understand the setting of plot the era where the story has been set the society and community it deals with The work is set in an unnamed remote part of Colombia The novel is considered by many to be loosely based on the killing of Kitty Genovese in New York City in 1964 For the novella that continues to win well-deserved accolades for its multi-faceted qualities since it was first published in 1981 the plot is disarmingly and deceptively simple narrated in journalistic investigative mode it pieces together and recounts how the Vicario brothers set about and finally avenge the honor of their sister Angela who gets married to the wealthy and suave Bayardo San Roman in a lavish ceremony but is spurned on the wedding night itself and returned in disgrace to her parents because the groom discovers that she has already been deflowered Pushed against the wall Angela accuses Santiago Nasar another wealthy inhabitant of Arab descent of being her violator It is generally considered by most readers that the initial chapters lay bare the religious and spiritual makeup of the townspeople but I believe that religion is subliminally present even earlier within the title of the novella itself The very word Death is integrally and inextricably linked with matters religious Afterall arent the mysteries surrounding birth and the eventual inevitability of death and its varied reasons sudden accidental or planned the moot points of religion Man since times immemorial has looked heavenwards beseeching answers to numerous unsettling and puzzling questions with which our lives are beset with every hour of the day from the mundane prosaic familiar everyday things to the agonizing ones about sorrows deaths and destruction unleashed by natural calamities freak accidents or brute force perpetrated by man himself Religion has sought to provide succor and solace
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