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Form and Structure of the play 'Blood Wedding'.

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Form and Structure

The play ‘Blood Wedding’ has Three Acts and Seven scenes all together.

In the first act we are introduced to all of the characters, where we see their first impressions of them. In act two we see the characters developing, learning new things. In the end we have an ending, which isn’t expected and could shock the audience.

Lorca was a Spanish writer so therefore his play is set in the Spanish culture. The play begins by introducing the mother and the bridegroom who are arguing about knives. As the audience we begin to notice that the mother has a problem with knives.

The pace of the two characters was relaxed at first but soon the tension begins to rise between the two characters as soon as the word knife was mentioned.

When the bride arrives, the atmosphere of the play changes, the happy atmosphere is interrupted. The mother begins to get cautious, as she is not keen on the bride at first because she knows absolutely nothing about her.

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On the day of the wedding, we see that the atmosphere is confused, flustered and closed because I feel that the bride knows she doesn’t have much time to decide if she will go through with the wedding. As the maid continues to do the brides hair, we notice that the maid is jealous of the bride,

                “You’re so lucky….on top of you.”

If this was said to someone else who wanted to get married they would probably gloat about it, but the bride is very tensed about it and answers short and sharply.

                “ Be quiet.”

This is when we start to see the real truth, the tension begins to rise, the atmosphere becomes dark and deceitful and the mood becomes angry and emotive.

The arrival of Leonardo causes a great tension to build up, the atmosphere stays dark and the mood stays angry. I think the arrival of Leonardo splits the play into two parts, as we are now thinking about Leonardo and the bride, wondering if they are going to stay together.

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When Leonardo and the bride are together, the atmosphere is about love, as the audience we can see a lot of love between these two characters. I feel that Lorca wanted these two characters to be together all along.

 At the end of the play, we see that Lorca gives an unexpected ending from the beginning. I think he wanted the audience to think that the bride and the bridegroom would be together for a long time not that the bridegroom and Leonardo would both be killed.

In the last scene we see the bride arriving at the mother’s house, the atmosphere is guilt, the mood is also guilt and the tension is rapidly increasingly between the bride and the mother.

The bride feels guilty and wants the mother to do her revenge but the mother tells her to stand outside the door. I think this play is about woman’s rights and reality. I think Lorca wanted people  to see what can happen in reality.

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