Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

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What is magic realism in relationship to Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

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Magic realism is a form of narrative that treats the supernatural, mythological, and magical no different from its realistic aspects. In Garcia Marquez's fiction, he adds the element of emotions manifesting as real events. For example, it seems that it rains whenever people are sad or mourning, anger literally twists a person's features into something grotesque and turns them into a living ghoul, and so on.

In the "Chronicle of a Death Foretold ," there are many such elements to be found. A lot of these have to do with the Vicario twins, who all throughout the book are described as trying to...

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One of the main characteristics of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s literature is the use of Magic Realism as a way to place the reader into a world where reality and fantasy coexist. Often times, his stories reflect the folklore and profound believes of the northern Colombian society, which combines the reminiscence of indigenous, black and Spanish descendants’ culture and traditions. In the specific case of Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Garcia Marquez shows “magical events” as part of the daily life of ordinary people. Events such as the spirit of Xius, a widow that appears to claim her belongings, is a perfect example of the Magic Realism movement. Chronicle of a Death Foretold presents circular structure; it starts and ends with a murder and the chronologic time is fluid. In this book, in particular, Garcia Marquez uses a rich and literary language in his representation of the people and their surrounded culture and a journalistic language, when describing the events taking place in the story.