n Latin American Report - Homicide in legitimate defense of honour : representation of sexuality in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's (1982)

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



Garcia Marquez's representation of sexuality in delves into the socio-cultural practice of honour killing as a form of violence premised on machismo and marianismo as sexual roles. Women's bodies become the sites for honour-bound shows of power but with tragic consequences. The perpetration of honour killing in this novel illuminates the complex matrices of race, sex and gender as they operate within a system that is dogged by hypocrisy in the family, religious, civil and legal institutions. Tradition and its relentless hold on people, more than economic factors, is the force that allows a quite unnecessary death to occur. Thus Garcia Marquez offers insights into how societies may continue to embrace ideas that are detrimental to a people's socio-cultural and economic development.

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