Analysis

An analysis of the short story “Death Constant Beyond Love” by Gabriel García Márquez shows that the narrative has a traditional, chronological structure. The mention of the Senator’s inevitable death at the beginning creates suspense and plays with readers’ expectations. 

The story’s main characters are Senator Onésimo Sánchez, Nelson Farina, and Laura Farina. All three characters are connected by death, which influences them in different ways. 

The physical setting of the story is the fictional village of Rosal del Virrey. The village is characterized by its duality, which is illustrated by the different sides it shows during night and day. The story’s social setting mainly focuses on the Senator’s electoral campaign and manipulation corruption. The social setting also touches briefly on gender issues.

The events in the story are told by a third-person narrator, who is outside the story. The narrator functions as an observer and witnesses what the characters do. 

The language used in the story is neutral, with some touches of informality. The Spanish names add to the authenticity of the text, while the sentences in French increase the mystery around the character of Nelson Farina. 

A full analysis of the short story can be found in the following pages.