In “Chronicles of a Death Foretold” Women have a definite power over the town, but only after a certain age or rank that they reach. Families in the story had a very strict way of raising their kids. The Viccario’s bring up Angela and their other daughters with a specific goal in mind.
“The brothers were brought up to be men. The girls were brought up to be married. They knew how to do screen embroidery, sew by machine, weave bone lace, wash and iron, make artificial flowers and fancy candy, and write engagement announcements… my mother thought there were no better-reared daughters. They’re perfect,’ she was frequently heard to say. ‘Any man will be happy with them because they’ve been raised to suffer “(31). The young ladies of the family basically had no freedom in what the rest of their life is going to be because they all understood that the ultimate purpose was to be a wife. When Angela’s fiance refused to marry her because he found out she was no longer a virgin her mom took her home and began to beat her.
This is very ironic because it shows a women with power over another woman. Angela’s mother is more respected and older so she has a bigger say as to what Angela can or can not do in her life. In this book Angela also displays power when she tells her two brothers that it was in fact Santiago who forcefully took away her virginity. Angela controlled his fate with the pronunciation of his name, and this shows some of the power that the women in the community do have at certain points.