October 20, 2014
MarÃÂa Alejandrina Cervantes vs. Angela Vicario
Would a prostitute or a young girl be considered more honorable? In the book "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel GarcÃÂa MÃÂ¡rquez the two characters in question of being the most honorable are MarÃÂa Alejandrina Cervantes and Angela Vicario. MarÃÂa is the most honorable because she is compassionate, and she is also loyal to the people she loves.
In comparing MarÃÂa and Angela they both were not stereotypical women of the 1950's. During this time, the stereotypical woman was a good housewife, because that was her main and basically only job. By being a good housewife that means being able to clean, cook, and to be completely pure before marriage. In the case of MarÃÂa and Angela, both women did not fall under this common social normalcy. Clearly, because of MarÃÂa's profession of being a prostitute, the chances of her being pure before marriage are slim to none, the narrator describes her as being "the most elegant and the most tender woman I have ever known, and the most serviceable in bed" (MÃÂ¡rquez 64).
It was also recognized that Angela was not a virgin before marriage when Bayardo San RomÃÂ¡n returned her to her family's home after the wedding. (MÃÂ¡rquez 46). It was clearly unknown by both Pura and Bayardo that Angela was not a virgin because "Bayardo San RomÃÂ¡n didn't enter, but softly pushed his wife into the house without speaking a word." (MÃÂ¡rquez 46). Angela's mother, Pura, had raised Angela and her sisters to be housewives and would often say "Love can be learned too" (MÃÂ¡rquez 35). Pura tried to keep Angela pure all of those years leading up to the wedding, so her disappointment was very high after Bayardo brought her...