What are the examples of irony in Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

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susan3smith | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel A Chronicle of a Death Foretold is filled with ironies.  One of first ironies that comes to mind is the fact that Santiago's mother locks her son out of the house, causing his death rather than preventing it.  The central irony of the novella, however,  is the fact that everyone in the town knows that the twins Pedro and Pablo are planning to kill Santiago, and yet they do nothing to prevent Santiago's death.  Even though they committed the murders, and everyone knows that they knifed Santiago, they are judged innocent "as a matter of honor."   Santiago took the virginity of many young girls in the town, and at the beginning of the novel, he is seen molesting his cook's daughter, he is ironically killed for taking the virginity of a girl with whom he most likely never interacted.

After abandoning and humiliating Angela, Bayardo returns to the town years later to renew his relationship with her. And Angela after refusing to lie to Bayardo about being a virgin and being returned to her parents, immediately becomes infatuated with Bayardo, the man she had detested, and writes letters to him everyday.


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dabklc12 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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Another example to follow Along with the answer before mine would be in Catholic Reliogion it is forbidden to do anything with the deceased. However, Father Armador (priest) is told he is having to do an Autopsy on Santago's deceased body, and he has to cut it up piece by piece. Taking away the identity of the Rich man. It was quite ironic how his dead cut up poorly sewn body was lying inside of a quite luxurious coffin.