Chronicle of a Death Foretold Questions and Answers
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Does Father Amador deliver a sermon about fate and destiny in Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Father Amador does not deliver a sermon about fate and destiny. In the novella, the priest recalls spotting Nasar in the town square (but not warning him of the twins’ murderous plans), seeing the twins after the murder, and performing a crude autopsy on Nasar’s corpse.

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In his novella Chronicle of a Death Foretold, author Gabriel Garcia Marquez does not state that Father Amador delivers a sermon about fate and destiny. In the story’s explicit action, the author shows the priest doing the following: crossing paths with Nasar in the town square on the morning of the day of Nasar’s murder, receiving the twins as they confess to murdering Nasar, conducting a crude autopsy of the victim’s corpse, and recalling all of these events after retiring to the Calafell Rest Home.

The morning after Angela and Bayardo San Roman’s ill-fated wedding night, Amador hears a rumor that the twins Pedro and Pablo Vicario plan to kill Nasar in vengeance for deflowering their sister Angela. Nonetheless, the priest does not believe the news and is not worried. Year later, he admits that viewing Nasar in the town square did not trigger a warning: “When I saw him safe and sound I thought it had all been a fib.” Amador does seem to regret that he did not warn the victim about the twins’ threat. Although he learned about their murderous mission from Clotilde Armenta and others, he is more preoccupied with preparations to greet the bishop’s arrival at the docks:

"The truth is I didn't know what to do ... My first thought was that it wasn't any business of mine but something for the civil authorities, but then I made up my mind to say something in passing to Placida Linero." Yet when he crossed the square, he'd forgotten completely. "You have to understand," he told me, "that the bishop was coming on that unfortunate day."

By choosing to remain uninvolved with the situation, Amador misses an opportunity to alter Nasar’s violent fate and destiny. Later after leaving the docks, he sees Cristo Bedoya, Nasar’s best friend. Bedoya continues this trend of miscommunication (or lack of communication) by not bothering to alert the priest to Nasar’s impending murder.

In the square he ran into Father Amador, who was returning to the church with the vestments for the frustrated mass, but he didn't think he could do anything for Santiago Nasar except save his soul.

So ultimately, Amador does nothing except ring the fire alarm when the twins murder Nasar; he feels despair for Nasar and disgust with himself as a result of his inaction. After the twins complete their lethal task, they lay their knives onto Amador’s desk and confess to the killing but profess their innocence.

Finally, Amador is ordered by the mayor to perform a clumsy autopsy of Nasar’s corpse due to Dr. Dionisio Iguaran's absence. Having studied medicine and surgery before entering the seminary, the priest performs a “massacre” of a procedure with only instruments for minor surgery and craftsmen's tools. Due to limited knowledge, experience, and equipment, the poor Amador is in over his head. For example,

the priest had pulled out the sliced-up intestines by the roots, but in the end he didn't know what to do with them, and he gave them an angry blessing and threw them into the garbage pail.

He crudely sews up the body in preparation for burial and composes a final report detailing all of Nasar’s injuries to the court.

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