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

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The tree dream at the beginning of the novella signifies the radical change in luck and fate that Santiago Nasar will experience. After a late night of celebrations for the wedding of Angela Vicario and Bayardo San Roman, Santiago awakes from a happy dream where he was moving "through a grove of timber trees where a gentle drizzle was falling.” Feeling content and free of worry, he looks forward to the day and the arrival of the bishop’s ship. The previous week, he had dreamt that he was flying though “trees without bumping into anything.”

Up to this point in his life, Santiago has met few obstacles (the trees), except for his father’s death. Instead, he has freely enjoyed many pleasures (the gentle drizzle) like chasing women and deflowering virgins. In fact, Santiago may have been the man who took Angela's virginity.

Upon awakening, however, he feels like he is "completely spattered with bird shit." His life will take a drastic turn as foreshadowed by the title Chronicle of a...

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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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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."