Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

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How are the bearers of authority and power portrayed in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and to what extent do they exercise their power?

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Even though the townspeople and authority figures in Chronicle of a Death Foretold predict Santiago Nasar's death, they do little to prevent it. The figures of authority and power in the novel are portrayed as corrupt and uncaring, and they exercise their power to a great extent but only to help themselves. 

Colonel Aponte, the mayor of the town, represents its civil authority. While Colonel Aponte is warned that the Vicario twins want to kill Santiago Nasar, he thinks that they are merely bragging and does little to stop it, save take the twins' knives away from them (and the twins quickly acquire new knives). Even after Nasar's death, his autopsy is carried out in a hapless and uncaring fashion. Father Carmen Amador is forced to carry out the...

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