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Candidate No. IB English A1 Standard Level World Literature Assignment One Title: A discussion of masculinity and socialization in The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh and Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez Works: The Sorrow of War – Bao Ninh Chronicle of a Death Foretold – Gabriel García Márquez Student Name: Chong Tsz Yin Candidate Number: Centre Number: School: Victoria Shanghai Academy Date: 28/10/2010 Word Count: 1109 Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Diploma World Literature Assignment 2009-2011 1
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Candidate No. A discussion of masculinity and socialization in The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh and Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez Despite the cultural diversity of our world, stereotypical gender roles seem to be universal. Masculinity is one such characteristic role a man is supposed to have. These characteristics, however, are sometimes misunderstood. Socialization, the process of receiving social norms and values, does not always have a positive influence on the individual. It can indeed weaken or even write off one’s sense of individuality. The authors, Bao Ninh and Gabriel García Márquez, explore in their novels, how lopsided and radical notions of masculinity are imposed on people by their societies. Kien, the protagonist in Ninh’s The Sorrow of War , changes from an ordinary young man in love, to a fierce survivalist with no mercy, who is but a fragmented soul. Santiago Nasar, the protagonist in Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold , with his questionable masculinity, can’t resist his society’s assault on him; hence he is eliminated from the cruel game taking place in that society. Both Ninh and Márquez convey through their novels, why masculinity is considered to be essential to survival, and how compassion and feebleness are seemingly vital character flaws for those immersed in a brutal environment. The societies depicted in both novels are cruel. Ninh’s
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