Each generic component of Chronicle of a Death Foretold is expressed stylistically. The journalistic concern comes through both in Garcia Marquez detached consideration of the daily habits of the denizens of the town as well as in a strict time line. The novel is calibrated down to the minute. We know that Santiago woke up at 5:30 in the morning to see the bishop, and that he was dead by 7:05. To put Garcia Marquez style in flatly journalistic terms, he is always concerned with showing us the who, where, when and how.
He is also concerned with the why, which comprises the psychological component of the story. As the title suggests, there is no mystery surrounding the death of Santiago Nasar , the character based on the historical Cayetano. We know that he is killed, when he is killed and who killed him immediately. But the why of his death-the complex social milieu that both tolerates and despises the murder-is not so clear. Marquez dispassionately (more or less) presents the social pressures at work, allowing us not a simple answer or a simple judgment but merely a glimpse into the welter of justice and injustice foregrounded by Santiago and Angela s alleged tryst.