Like flowers, birds and references to birds appear throughout the text, often to a somewhat ambiguous effect. Santiago Nasar dreams of birds the night before his murder, and Plácida Linero fails to recognize this as a bad omen. The connection between birds and bad omens situates the novel within the tradition of Greek tragedy, in which augurs, or prophets, read the future by watching birds move across the sky. Notably, Santiago also raises falcons. The epigraph of the novel, a quote from Portuguese playwright Gil Vicente, tells the reader that “the pursuit of love is like falconry.” It might be said that the figure of birds, like the figure of flowers, is meant to both emphasize and bridge the disparate—but perhaps not so disparate—realms of love and violence.
Birds Quotes in Chronicle of a Death Foretold
What happened, according to her, was that the boat whistle let off a shower of compressed steam as it passed by the docks, and it soaked those who were closest to the edge. It was a fleeting illusion: the bishop began to make the sign of the cross in the air opposite the crowd on the pier, and he kept on doing it mechanically afterwards, without malice or inspiration, until the boat was lost from view and all that remained was the uproar of the roosters.