Chronicle of a Death Foretold Themes - Shmoop

The ambiguity of truth is both explored and analyzed within the boundaries of the mystery genre of fiction in the film The Third Man and the novella Chronicle of a Death Foretold. The dominant themes of each story concentrate on the elements of victimization, deceit, the correspondence between fact and what is assumed, and justice. These themes are communicated to the audiences of each respective story through the presentation of what is believed to be true; however, by the end of the two stories, the audiences of each are expected to come away with a different truth than they started with. This reevaluation the audience is supposed to undergo can be attributed to the narrative style of each story. On one hand, there is a film in which the action of the story revolves around the activity of a man in search for the true nature of the death of his friend, and on the other hand there is a novella that is journalistically narrated by an anonymous first person that focuses on the whats and whys regarding the death of a presumably guilty man. One story starts with the audience trying to prove innocence, and the other with the audience trying to prove guilt. Through this battle of guilt and innocence, the audience is left with no clear vision of right and wrong, but is left to determine their own. This determination is in direct correspondence with the culture that produced each story, in the sense that their victimization and justice aspects are based on the ideals of right and wrong bound to the culture that produced each. The cultures of Chronicle of a Death Foretold and The Third Man, though very different, each communicate that a person should arrive at his or her own conclusion about what is true. Essentially, truth should be discovered, and not learned…

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