Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

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What is the significance of the autopsy in Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

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The autopsy that takes place in Chapter 4 in Chronicle of a Death Foretold is quite significant in establishing the brutality and carelessness that surrounds the murder of Santiago Nasar. Father Carmen Amador is ordered to perform the "unforgiving" autopsy. He describes the event to the narrator years later as a "massacre." Prior to the autopsy, Father Amador received the message from Clotilde Armenta that the Vicario brothers were planning to kill Nasar, and he tells the narrator that he didn't know what to do about the planned murder. Later, he forgets to tell anyone about the premeditated crime because the bishop was going to arrive (Chapter 3). It is ironic that Amador, a priest, is later tasked to perform the autopsy that he is neither skilled to perform nor wants to perform. In essence, the result of Nasar's death does become Amador's responsibility through the autopsy.

The religious motif is further emphasized during the autopsy. Nasar had "a deep stab in the right hand...It looked...

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