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lusciousroxy | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 11, 2008 at 4:20 PM via web

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What does the 'tree dream' at the beginning of "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" signify?

although it is said that his dreams had no "ominous augury". what insight does it offer to the reader?

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i29bob | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 21, 2009 at 8:19 AM (Answer #2)

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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.

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lit24 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted September 11, 2008 at 10:31 PM (Answer #1)

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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."

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