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World Literature Essay Number Two:The symbolism of Blood and Water in the play "Blood Wedding"

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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 the cyclical nature of life. Used in another way, the literary references to blood create a sense of destiny, the blood choosing the path of the characters. Blood also represents and is used to express extreme passion in the characters. It also reinforces the violence to which the characters in the play are exposed and take part in. The strongest symbolic use of blood, which is carried throughout the play, is the link it creates between the characters and their ancestors, and the sense of history being repeated. This is evident from the very beginning of the play, when the mother speaks about the death of her husband and her son. She asks herself why a man would be killed just because he "goes out to his vines or his olives ... ...read more.

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Veins carry the blood around the body, and it is as though they are carrying the passion and the pain around in the blood as well. This continues the symbolic linkage of family by blood. The mother's son was part of her, as she states soon after: "when I got to my son he was lying in the middle of the street. I put my hands in his blood and licked them. Because it was me, mine"9. When her son died the pain stayed in her veins, because he was part of her. The significance and importance that the blood of her son has for her is further shown when she says: "I would have kept that blood - soaked in dirt in a chalice of glass and topaz"10. This also shows how precious the blood of her son, and indeed her own blood is to her. Her son is the one who is supposed to pass on her blood to the next generation, and to continue the bloodline. The mother again uses the imagery of blood to express the depth of her feelings towards the end of Act three, Scene two, when she says that her tears will "burn hotter than blood". She is contrasting tears which are simply water from the eyes, as she says that the neighbour's are; "your tears are just tears, they come from your eyes", and those which can be compared to blood and therefore linked to greater emotion. ...read more.

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While the mother refers to the spilling of her son's and her husband's blood with a feeling of despair and anguish, the moon is a more blood-thirsty character, who enjoys the spilling of the blood in the many violent events. In his soliloquy, the moon anticipates the spilling of blood, saying "tonight there'll be blood to warm my cheeks ... warm, spilling warm". The moon acts like a chorus in this part of the play. It represents those searching for the bride and Leonardo, and their need for justice. It is also introduced in order to provide the light by which the bridegroom and the townspeople may hunt for the bride and Leonardo. The light of the moon is cold, and this light is the mechanism by which the blood is able to be spilled. The moon brings in a surreal aspect to the play in that it is represented by a woodcutter, and has its own purpose and desires. Blood represents three recurring themes in the play "Blood Wedding". It creates a strong sense of inevitability of events by symbolising links to the past by family and blood line. It also enforces the idea of the inescapability of fate and the cyclical nature of life and recurring events across generations. It is also used to represent the extreme emotions felt by the characters, and to show the depth of their passion. The final theme is that of violence, which is present throughout the play. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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