What ultimately is Marquez saying about love in Chronicles of a Death Foretold?
The theme of this novel is love. How is it true that “Love is like falconry" and "Love can be learned" and "Honor is love."
Falconry is a sport in which birds are trained to hunt. These lines are quoted from a poem by Gil Vicente: “the pursuit of love/ is like falconry.” The idea is that love kind of sneaks up on you. At first, you find and train the falcon with the objective of hunting, but then you become attached to it and cannot get along without it.
The idea that love can be learned applies to people who have suffered such difficult events in their lives that they have not learned how to love in childhood, when most people do. Angela’s misery, for example, is based on her early experiences with love and losing her honor. She can recover, and learn to love.
Honor is love is an interesting theme, because Angela’s loss of honor is what spins the story into motion. By trying desperately to regain her honor for her, her brothers demonstrate their love for her.