What elements of protest have you found in the novels you studied? Essay

Protest is a way in which one can get their voice- and hopefully message- relayed across. In today’s day and age, protest is a key element in getting work done for it forces those in positions of authority to listen to the people of today. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (published in 1981) raises a voice of protest against the social injustice present (specifically honour killing, tradition, and slavery as Garcia Márquez highlights the concept of honour as a thriving cultural phenomenon in the Latin American society and against several other issues, including racial discrimination as an after effect of slavery, and the harmful effects of tradition). The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (published in 2007) explores political and social protest by raising a voice against racism and discrimination and looks at it both pre- and post- 9/11. Both novels give protest an important place in the narrative and the authors have done so through various techniques; it makes the reader question and think, and in a way inspires them to raise up to what they think is right and question whether what they are doing is the moral thing.

The story CDF follows the killing of Santiago Nasar and how it came to be, and through it explores the role of honour and tradition in society, and thus brings up the element of social protest as it brings to light the argument of whether what was done was correct or not. As this novella mainly focuses on his killing (through the whole context, what happens, thoughts of the townsfolk, and other such elements), it asks the reader to question what they would have done and whether it would have been the right thing to do. Protest takes up a large space in the narrative as the magical-real narration dissects the legitimacy- granted by both culture and religion- of the traditional concept of honour and presents it as an empty norm to safeguard the so-called social reputation and as such, the novella serves as a comment on a society where it is the murdered who is to be blamed for being killed while the murderer is considered to have done an act of heroism.

The novella begins with “on the day they were going to kill him”, and thus, the reader knows that somebody will die in the novella.

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