Chronicle of a Death Foretold


Gabriel García Márquez

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Flowers Symbol Analysis

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Flowers appear in many forms throughout the text, though their meaning remains somewhat ambiguous. Many of the characters have names that include the Spanish word for flower, “flor”: there’s Divina Flor, Flora Miguel, and Don Rogelio de la Flor. Angela Vicario occupies herself by making flowers out of paper and cloth, and Pablo and Pedro Vicario give their pigs flower names rather than human names, so as not to feel guilty when they have to slaughter them. Indeed, flowers are most often connected with death in the novel. The night of the wedding, Santiago Nasar makes the chilling observation that the floral decorations in the church “equal in cost to those of fourteen first-class funerals.” He goes on to say that the smell of closed-in flowers always brings death to mind.

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Flowers Symbol Timeline in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

The timeline below shows where the symbol Flowers appears in Chronicle of a Death Foretold. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
The Sacred and the Profane Theme Icon
Gender, Class, and Social Restrictions Theme Icon
Ritual Theme Icon
...the daughters are taught to be good wives, trained to embroider, sew, and make paper flowers. Angela is the prettiest of the daughters, but she has a “poverty of spirit” that... (full context)
Chapter 3
Fact, Fiction, and Memory Theme Icon
Violence, Trauma, and Community Theme Icon
Ritual Theme Icon butcher counters by saying that the twins gave their pigs only the names of flowers. (full context)
Chapter 5
Fate vs. Free Will Theme Icon
Fact, Fiction, and Memory Theme Icon
Violence, Trauma, and Community Theme Icon
...her son is in danger. Divina Flor is convinced that she saw Santiago Nasar, bearing flowers, come through the back door of the house and head up to his room, and... (full context)