WL2 - IB # 000841-021 World Literature Essay#2 1 Obligation...

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IB # 000841-021 World Literature Essay#2 1 Obligation of Constraint Adapting to life’s struggles and overcoming obstacles that life places in ones way is a common theme throughout both James Joyce’s novel A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man and Marquez’s novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold . The main character in A Portrait of an Artist as a young man, Stephen Dedalus, is constrained by the boundaries of his religion and family in his youth. These constraints control his every decision because he believes in them so strongly. In the novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold , the entire town is constrained by the culture of the town, the rituals, and traditions that the people are accustomed to performing. The people of the town are also constrained by the limits of their family. Each suffers an obligation to uphold the honor of his family and take that responsibility. The Vicario twins would not have felt the need to murder Santiago if Pedro and Pablo had not possessed that responsibility in their minds. These constraints are the motivation that brings the main character to his conclusion. Stephen Dedalus is an innocent and steadfast Catholic, because of his pious mother, in his youth. As soon as he commits his first unforgivable sin, adultery, he becomes less interested in religion and God, and more interested in sex and women. After beholding the sermons, he realizes that he needs to devote his life to a life of Christian piety and stop with all the sin and
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WL2 - IB # 000841-021 World Literature Essay#2 1 Obligation...

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