Similarities between the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold and the documentary Bowling for Columbine

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In the American culture a common way of retaliation is violence. A common form of violence is fighting. Sometimes fights escalate into bigger things and weapons are used. The novel A Chronicle of a Death Foretold and the documentary Bowling for Columbine had similar conflicts and consequences. Both of the stories result in death, and either one of these two deaths have valid reasons or explanations.

The novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a perfect example of how violence can be influenced and in some ways be supported by the community. In this particular town a prominent man was killed and the people of the town did not it the least bit horrifying or unusual, perhaps because in the town avenging a wrong was typical. In fact, when the whole town knew that Santiago was going to die no one bothered to warn him, or maybe they just did not warn him because they did not think that it was that big of a deal, "I didn't warn him because I thought it was drunkards talk."

Even after the death no one seemed to be angry or appalled, but legal action was taken. The Vicario brothers were arrested and many people lined up to testify to their part of the murder, although it was a long court case they were let off in the end, "Don't bother yourself Lousia Santiago, they've already killed him." Another thing that is disturbing and unusual in this story is the double standard set between women and men. The men were respected if they had sex with a lot of women, but a woman is considered dishonored if she has sex before marriage or with any one besides her husband. Also, if it is discovered that a women is not a virgin on the...