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Lorca's Evil spell.

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Rosette S. Ferrer September 29, 2003 ENG11 - R21 Ms. Missy Maramara LORCA'S EVIL SPELL Federico Garcia Lorca was a Spanish poet who explored universal themes of love, lust, death and violence under the semblance of whimsical tragedies. The self-proclaimed gay had fanciful reveries declaring his almost child-like take on the chaotic conditions of his time. Although disguised as nothing more than a dark fairy tale, Lorca's El Maleficio De La Mariposa, like all his succeeding plays, is replete with symbolism that is quite impossible to grasp for minds clouded over by years of the world's sensibilities. UP's Filipino translation of Lorca's earliest work was entitled Ang Malupit na Encanto ng Mariposa. ...read more.


The play had the makings of a fairy tale -what with animals thinking and contriving, a beetle obsessing over love, and a beautiful butterfly collapsing into their care. It was enough to make the little girl in me swoon with memories of childhood dreams, and hope that the beetle, with his troubadourian serenades, and the butterfly end up together. To add to this effect, the production was very pretty. Seeing the play through the artistry of Dulaang UP was a visual delight. The dainty lights overhead the audience brought us into the enchantment of the beetles over finding a butterfly in their midst. The choreography, too, moved the fantastic mood along. ...read more.


I had so many questions. For one, what did the death of both butterfly and beetle mean? It could not be just a story of star-crossed lovers like Romeo and Juliet? It had to mean something more. I left the theatre that night with my heart enchanted and my mind stirred. In hopes of having even an acute sense of Lorca's brilliance in his works, I tried to let go of all rigid reasoning and go back to feeling like a child. In this way, one is able to empathize with his fanciful tragedies and not worry about how it relates to the wars, or other worldly concerns. With El Maleficio De La Mariposa, Lorca was able to portray love and longing for what it is: a conundrum of whims and tragedies. ...read more.

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