Chronicle of a Death Foretold
The Non-Linear Time Structure as a Revelatory Tool in Chronicle of a Death Foretold 11th Grade
After having been awakened from a gentle slumber in a brothel expecting to meet the bishop later that day, Santiago Nasar is met with his untimely demise; His death being the product of a pre-existing indifference ingrained within their Caribbean society. In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the death of Santiago Nasar highlights his greater purpose in which he asserts the notion that society is inactive towards issues present within it. It is this inactive nature of the society that leads to Nasar’s tragic death. Nasar’s death is the consequence to the issue that Marquez is trying to express within his purpose and message, which is what makes his death significant. By telling the story of Santiago Nasar’s murder in a non-linear fashion, Marquez allows himself to fully develop and shape not only the events occurring in the novel, but also the meaning and significance within Santiago Nasar’s death without having to be mindful of or focused on the strict progression of time. Through his use of a non-linear time structure, Marquez exemplifies that the significance of Nasar’s death through instances of society’s inaction that spans from many years before the incident to 27 years after the incident. With this...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 1405 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 10258 literature essays, 2604 sample college application essays, 497 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.
Already a member? Log in