Chronicle of a Death Foretold

by: Gabriel García Márquez

Suggested Essay Topics

Examine the roles that women play in Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Is Angela Vicario the most powerful or the least powerful woman in the novel?

How do the excerpts from Gil Vincente's poem shape the text as a whole? Compare and contrast the themes used in the poem with those in Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

Is there any significance to the repeated mention of dreams and/or weather in the story? How do these elements affect the narrative?

What view does the narrative seem to take toward authority? How are the authority figures (Father Amador, the Bishop, Colonel Aponte) depicted? Do their actions represent a larger theme?

Discuss the use of magic realism in Chronicle of a Death Foretold. How does the use of this literary technique affect the narrative?