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The effect of social traditions and expectations as seen in Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca and Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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The effect of social traditions and expectations as seen in "Blood Wedding" by Federico Garcia Lorca and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The expectations of society play a vital role in the shaping of the characters' lives in Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and in "Blood Wedding" by Federico Garcia Lorca. The code of honour is an essential aspect to the society. For example, if a woman's honour is taken before marriage, the family must seek revenge upon the perpetrator no matter the cost. Another factor of the society's biased mindset is religion. Equally important, economic stability appears to strongly affect the decisions made throughout the novel as well. A comparison of the values upon which the expectations of society are built in both works will show how individuals are compelled to agree with and undertake actions they might not have done otherwise. In the two works, the aspect of honour affects the ways men and women live their lives. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Blood Wedding, a woman is required to give her virginity to the husband at marriage. If taken before marriage, the family must regain their honour through murdering the perpetrator. ...read more.

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It is evident that in both texts, the family's honour is gained by employing and using their daughter without concern of her emotions. The forceful expectation of women and honour which the Bride is told to follow is what eventually leads to her running away with Leonardo during the marriage at the church. The link between the loss of honour at the church brings the reader to the attention of religion. Religion often happens to be the main factor that deals with forming the order of society. With regards to the two novels, it is the Catholic Church which influences the societies and also sees to relate with the idea of honour. Marquez shows the significance of religion to the novel numerous times for instance when the townsfolk wake early to "wait for the arrival of the bishop," (Marquez, 1) even if they highly doubt that he will step off his boat. Furthermore, honour seems to be important in the eyes of the church as well. Pedro and Pablo rush into the church minutes after they killed Santiago and the "priest recalled their surrender as an act of great dignity" (Marquez, 55). Furthermore, when they announce their innocence Father Amador replies, "Perhaps before God." ...read more.

Conclusion

The fact that honour is gained through joining a wealthier family through marriage imposes further stress upon Angela as she is to meet society's expectations and maintain her family's honour, making the refusal nearly impossible. Nevertheless, with regard to family traditions or expectations of society as whole, both texts emphasize on the influential power of society's importance of wealth and its role within the plot. In essence, Lorca and Marquez emphasize on the values upon which the expectations of society are built in both works. The effect of the significance that each society places upon the values of their expectations clearly go as far to determine the lives of many within both texts. Specifically, the two authors show how individuals are compelled to agree with and undertake actions they might not have done otherwise. The comparison identifies clear instances where Marquez and Lorca choose to highlight different aspects of society's expectations. While both authors generally revolve around the values of the expectations around the idea of maintaining honour, links with the idea of honour that differ between the texts determine the specifics of each culture. Nonetheless, the social expectations and traditions can be seen as a whole to significantly shape parts of the plots which therefore prove that they play central roles within the plots of each literary work. ...read more.

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