• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A study of how far societal pressures are central to the main plots of ‘Blood Wedding’ and ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

English A1 Standard Level World Literature Naomi Kerr-Shaw A study of how far societal pressures are central to the main plots of 'Blood Wedding' and 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold'. Societal conventions and how they shape people's lives are base themes in Marquez's novella 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' and Lorca's play 'Blood Wedding'. They both show how society's prejudices compel individuals to undergo acts they may not have done otherwise. The honour code is an extremely important factor in both of these works, in general it defines how men and women should live, it means that if a women's honour, in this case her virginity, is taken, then that women's family has the right and duty to seek revenge. The treatment and expectations of women in the respective societies is also dealt with in these work. Religion often plays a large part in determining people's opinions and so would be another factor affecting the society's feelings towards the acts undertaken in the two stories. We can subsequently see how economic differences too affect people actions. These works both tell the story of how women's honour is taken and the societal need for it to be regained through the shedding of the perpetrator's blood. ...read more.

Middle

It is interesting to note how Maria is portrayed, she is described as 'the most elegant and the most tender woman', a description not usually associated with prostitutes, her name, Maria, also implies the Virgin Mary3, showing her purity in comparison to the other women even though she is a prostitute. We can however see that although Marquez represents faithfully the cultural background for 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' in that most of the action is carried out by males he does subtly subvert this by naming the female characters who tried to prevent the murder after authors who have influenced his work, Cervantes and Miguel, people he has a lot of respect for. It is no coincidence that in 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' it is only the women in the story who try to really prevent the murder such as Lucia Santiago and Clotilde Armenta warning her husband but not being taken seriously. The fact that women were lacking so much social power meant that she had to try to help through her husband and not by herself, it is now that she responds with 'My God, women are so lonely in the world' the realisation of how totally male subjugated the society is. ...read more.

Conclusion

Both the marriages that took place were to the economic advantage of the bride and her family, making refusal of the offer of marriage even more impossible. In 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' it may have been because of Santiago's wealth that she chooses him as her named adulterer. She could have been jealous of his wealth or thought that he may have been safer because of this from the inevitable anger of her brothers. Some people thought that his wealth would protect him including Don Rogelio de la Flor saying '"Don't be silly...Those two aren't about to kill anyone, much less someone rich'" stopping him from warning Santiago. From all of these different societal aspects that have been seen to shape parts of the plots we can conclude that societal pressures are extremely central to the plots of both works. In 'Blood Wedding' we can see a great struggle between social convention and human fervour and in 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' it is clear that the whole society is guilty of the crime committed, hence 'the shouts of the whole town, frightened by its own crime.' Society had a warping effect on the individuals and their ideas and I think both of these authors are trying to warn us of the obvious dangers that society brings. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. The effect of social traditions and expectations as seen in Blood Wedding by Federico ...

    Not that one! But now she's my son's wife!" (Lorca, 77) She is hesitant to send her last living son Leonardo knowing the risks it involves; she mentions "No! Don't go! Those people kill quickly and well!" (Lorca, 77). However, the influential nature of the expectations of society reminds her

  2. An examination of how Ibsen and Lorca present the confinement of women in their ...

    play that many of her mean actions launch from this very same confinement. By telling Brack (page 305) "You can't imagine how horribly bored I'm going to be out here," she foreshadows and undoubtedly points out that her cruel proceedings, such as evoking L�vborg's alcoholism, are measures to fight the 'horrible' boredom the confinement in her house creates in her.

  1. Compare the lives of the two central characters in 'The Son's Veto' and 'The ...

    Twycott and Randolph, and herself. Although she is upper class to anyone else, "'no I am not a lady' she said sadly 'I never shall be'. But he is a gentleman and that- - makes it- - O how difficult for me!"

  2. Coursework prose study

    she is strong willed because her behaviour is very different to that which was expected of women in those times. "The Necklace" is set in Paris during the 1800's and the story investigates French society at the time. Madame Loisel though born in lower middle class and married to a

  1. The ancient civilizations of Central and South America

    Their jobs were to take goods and other items from one area of the empire to another and sell them. They also traveled beyond the lands of the Aztec empire to trade goods with other neighboring tribes. This made them a huge profit on all the goods that they sold.

  2. A Study of Similarities in the Purposes of Esteban Garcia and Yermolay Lopakhin.

    Esteban Garcia also, on the other hand, suffered under a greater element of oppression. He grew up in Tr�s Marias, then under the rule of Esteban Trueba the 'patron', one of the narrators of the book, who is also his unlawful biological father.

  1. Examining the way culture or ways of the society impinge upon the stories "Snapshots ...

    huts are for him and his wife to live in and the yard for his cattle. This shows that large importance is given to animal farming. This made him "loved and respected by all who knew him" shows that he gets a high social status by becoming a farmer.

  2. A comparison between Chronicle of A Death Foretold and The Outsider with regards to ...

    Once the family of Angela becomes aware of Bayardo's background and wealth they see how they can use the marriage as an advantage, to bring respect from the townspeople and money to the family. As Bayardo's reputation became known the wedding 'ended up being a public event'3, and the immense pressure on Angela's brothers to kill Nasar increased.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work