Comparison of the female characters in Chronicle of a Death foretold

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Women today are made to feel empowered; they can do anything they set their minds to. Even though this is true, women are still often discriminated against in the workplace, at school, and even at home. Women are usually classified as the weaker sex and are not always treated as equal as men. Sexism plays a major role in today's society and in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Her beauty in conjunction measured a woman's worthiness as a wife with her ability to gracefully run all aspects of a household. A woman's happiness in a marriage is not significant unless she is fortunate enough to marry someone she loves. In this Spanish culture, unlike Western culture, marriage is not based on love.

In the Colombian town where Victoria Guzman lived, women were considered lower than men. Men could do anything they wanted and have anything they wanted, including the women.

For Ibrahim Nasar that meant Victoria Guzman, "She made love to him in secret for several years in the stables of the ranch, and he brought her to be a house servant when the affection was over" (9-10). Ibrahim Nasar only used Victoria Guzman for the sex. When he had gotten tired of her, he gave Victoria a Job in his house as the cook. As a result of what Ibrahim Nasar had done to her for all those years, Victoria had a fierce hatred toward his son, Santiago Nasar, and took all her anger out on him, "Nevertheless, she had so much repressed rage the morning of the crime that she went on feeding the gods with the insides of the other rabbits, just to embitter Santiago Nasar's breakfast. Victoria Guzman needed almost twenty years to understand that a man accustomed to killing defenseless...