World Literature Essay Number Two:

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World Literature Essay Number Two:

The symbolism of Blood and Water in the play “Blood Wedding”

The two word title of the play “Blood Wedding” by Frederico Garcia
Lorca presents both a contradiction and a concurrence. These themes continue throughout the play, and the two words of the title are used to capture the essence of the contrasting movements of its action. The wedding symbolises the harmony of man and woman, and the continuation of life. Blood too symbolises these things, however it also evokes contrasting feelings of violence, death and destruction. Blood represents the strength of the blood ties in families, and promotes the sense of repeating history which is evident throughout the play, as well as fertility and
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She is very interested to know what the girl’s mother is like, and we learn from the neighbour that “she was very proud”[2], and that “she never loved her husband”[3]. This knowledge gives the audience a sense of foreboding for the repetition of past events. We know that the mother’s interest in the bride’s mother stems from her belief that this blood relationship will show her what the girl is like. If we accept this point of view, we believe that history may repeat itself, and with the bridegroom already linked by his blood to murder and killing doom seems inevitable.

Even the wife of Leonardo is a victim of the repetition of family history. Before Leonardo runs away with the bride, the wife suspects that he will not remain faithful, and referring to his lack of loyalty to her she says “it happened to my mother, now it is happening to me”[4].
So there are four characters in the play who are afflicted by the history of their ancestors. The bride’s mother never loved her husband, the bridegroom’s father and older brother were both murdered by members of the Felix family, Leonardo’s ancestors murdered members of the bridegroom’s family, and the mother of Leonardo’s wife was also deserted by her husband. All of these links clearly show the importance of the blood line and the blood relationship in families which is a constant theme throughout the play, while also creating a strong sense of the inevitability of

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