Dramatic irony as “a situation in which the audience

Dramatic irony was important throughout Chronicle of a Death Foretold as it provided a level of humor to the story. The Oxford Dictionary defines dramatic irony as “a situation in which the audience of a play knows something that the characters do not know.” A popular example of dramatic irony is from Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. In the story, Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead; however, the audience knows that she is still alive. Throughout the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold, the many examples of dramatic irony created an element of humor to such a depressing story. Beginning with chapter one, there are multiple examples of dramatic irony while Gabriel Garcia Marquez was describing the moments leading up to Santiago Nasar’s murder. First off, when the narrator was interviewing people from the town, many described the weather on the day of the murder as “funereal” (Marquez 3). _________ Even later at the time of Santiago’s death, the weather was described as having a “cloudy, low sky and the thick smell of still waters, and that at the moment of the misfortune a thin drizzle is falling like the one Santiago Nasar had seen in his dream grove” (Marquez 4). __________ Another irregularity with the day’s events on the day of Santiago’s murder was the fact he used the front door. He almost always uses the backdoor to exit his household; however, the bishop’s arrival caused him to change his daily routine. This caused for him to be more exposed to the town and have his movements more easily trackable for anyone attempting to murder him. Furthermore, a message was left by the front door of Santiago’s house that was attempting to alert him of his impending murder. However, it is not found until after the murder is committed. _________ Moreover, on the morning of Santiago’s passing, his family’s housemaid described to the narrator that he had “already looked like a ghost” (Marquez 15). _______ Lastly, as the chapter was nearing the end, Santiago’s dream wedding was being described along with his opinion that “life will be too short for people to tell about it” (Marquez 18). _________ In short, after the revealing of the murder at the beginning of the novel, there are many instances of dramatic irony being recalled throughout the chapter describing certain views and actions of Santiago leading up to his eventual murder. Next, chapter two’s main focus was to describe the extent of the Vicario brothers protectiveness over Angela. For example, when Bayardo San Román, Angela’s new husband, returns her back home after discovering she is not a virgin, her brother’s immediately began to protect both her and their family’s honor after they discover it was allegedly Santiago who claimed her virginity. However, it is ironic that there was no indication of this event ever happening. The narrator, who was a close friend of Santiago, had stated that “I was with him all the time, in the church and at the festival, and none of us caught a glimpse of any change in his manner” (Marquez 41). Subsequently, in chapter three,