What does the tree dream at the beginning of "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" signify?
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Nasars mother told of a dream that he had where he was "alone in a tinfoil airplane flying through the almond trees without bumping into anything" (5) perhaps signifying him dressed in his attire for special occasions (to see the Bishop) and going through the morning without anyone (the almond trees, signifying the skin tone of the population) telling him that someone was out to murder him.
Santiago Nasar's dreams are symbolic anticipations of his death-they are precognitive. On the morning that he was murdered Santiago woke up very early and told his mother that he had had a dream about how happy he was walking through a grove of timber trees in light rain, but when he woke up he felt as though he was covered with bird droppings. He discussed his dreams with his mother Placida Linero because, she had "a well earned reputation as an accurate interpreter of other people's dreams, provided they were told her before eating." However, she did not consider the the dreams to foretell anything ominous, and after Nasar was murdered, "she never forgave herself."
According to dream symbolism the almond tree which is what Santiago dreams of
“in a tinfoil airplane and flying through the almond trees without bumping into anything”
is symbolic of an impending wedding, joy, and happiness. Since his death occurs after the wedding of Angela Vicario, this would be considered foreshadowing.
Arguably, the symbolism would be that his soul will go wandering away after his murder. However, there is more to Santiago's trees. Both the almond and timber trees are representatives of wealth, happiness, and joy. They are very strong and beautiful trees, which may also be representative of Santiago's own nature as a human being. After all, it is more than likely (although it is never absolutely resolved) that all that happened to him was entirely unfair.
Another ironic fact about dreaming of these trees is that, while they are meant to represent happiness, Santiago's ending is anything but happy. Yet one of Santiago's salient traits is his optimistic outlook on everything, his natural ability to feel joy. This is what makes his murder all the more horrifying to those who loved him best.
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