Chronicle of a Death Foretold Questions and Answers
by Gabriel García Márquez

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Who is the narrator of the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a 1981 novella written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It tells the story of the murder of Santiago Nasar by the Vicario brothers from an omniscient point-of-view.

The story is narrated by an unnamed friend of Santiago Nasar, and most of the narrative is focussed on Santiago. The narrator has returned to his hometown decades after the murder of his friend. Although the narrator did not witness the crime, he narrates the events leading up to and after the murder. Nothing is ever revealed about the narrator other than, at the time of his friend’s death, he was in love with María Alejendrina Cervantes. However, in the present, he is married to Mercedes Barcha.

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The narrator of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold is never named. The narrator retells the events leading up to and after the murder of Santiago Nasar twenty seven years after they occured. This creates an omniscient point of view on the part of the narrator. Through the narrative we learn of Santiago's death at the hands of the Vicario brothers, presumably as an act of revenge for Santiago's taking of their sister's virginity. However, we are led to strongly question whether or not Santiago committed the act of which he is accused.

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The narrator is the author. He is a close friend of Nasar and in this he retells the events that led to Nasar's death. In the end it is not told if Nasar was the killer, but he provides detail of every little thing and while he believes Nasar is not the one at fault, the details that slowly unravel the tale lead to a very interesting book and story. In the end, we understand how no one did anything to save his life, yet others feel the guilt of Nasar all around the town and it cannot be washed away no matter how hard anyone scrubs.