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Blood Wedding by Lorca. Plot outline and analysis.

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Blood wedding ACT 1 Monitoring Meaning The play opens in the home of the Mother and Bridegroom. It is learned that her husband and other son met violent ends, presumably in a feud. They also discuss the son's upcoming betrothal and marriage, until he leaves for work at his vineyard. A neighbor woman arrives and provides information concerning the Bride and her family. She confirms the mother's suspicions regarding the Bride having had an earlier love, and it turns out that this love, Leonardo, is from the family whose members are responsible for the deaths of her husband and son. The second scene takes place at Leonardo's house. Leonardo's wife and mother-in-law are rocking a baby to sleep. Leonardo's wife asks him why his horse is always tired these days; she says he has been seen "on the far side of the plains," which is where the Bride lives. Leonardo denies that he has been riding in that vicinity, and the subject of conversation shifts to the upcoming marriage of the Bride and Bridegroom. The third and final scene of Act I takes place at the Bride's home. The mother of the Bridegroom and the father of the Bride formalize the match, each praising the worthiness of their offspring. The Bride is demure and reticent in company, but once alone with the Servant she expresses her true frame of mind, which is impatient and frustrated. The Servant asks her if she heard a horse at the house the night before, and the Bride says no. ...read more.


Both men depict this theme or question of women being faithful, or if they should be trusted, and how women's actions lead to pain for a man, "How could I go on here and have my hearts skewered every hour of the day" (Ibsen, Act 5, 206) and "The Lover is silent. Crimson, the Groom. On the mute riverbank, I saw them laid out" (Lorca, 3.2.96). In both dramas, men our harmed as a result of a women's actions. Whether it be Hjalmar's pain of knowing his daughter may not be his or his resulting pain which results from Hedvig killing herself, or Leonardo and The Bridesgroom's deaths over the love of the Bride. Both authors portray women as leading to men's downfall and sorrow. Both Lorca and Ibsen deal with the questions of if women can be trusted, and also the fact that women will lead to men's pain. Therefore, both authors shed women in this light of causing pain and suffering for men, and also as not being able to be trusted. In a sense, both authors deal with women as men's vices or the things that lead to their troubles andpain. Monitoring Meaning Act II takes place at the Bride's house on the day of the wedding. Young girls and others appear singing and chanting wedding songs. Leonardo and his wife and mother-in-law are the first guests to arrive, and soon Leonardo and the Bride are speaking heatedly. ...read more.


I have had my taste of freedom, and I know that it is right for me to die, me being such a deceiving and hurtful woman to the man to which I am wed. Monitoring Meaning Act III takes place mostly in a forest. This is as far as the lovers have managed to flee by the time the party catches up with them. Three woodcutters open the scene, commenting on the terrible events. Death and the Moon also appear in this scene, both looking forward to what will be, inevitably, somebody's death. Death, as a beggar woman, points the way to the lovers for the Bridegroom. In the meantime, the Bride encourages Leonardo to escape without her, as their horse is unable to carry them both. She knows that they will try to kill him. He refuses to leave her. With the stage directions having indicated the lovers' exit and the Moon's entrance, two shrieks are heard. At the sound of the second shriek, Death appears and moves to center stage with her back to the audience. She spreads out her arms such that a great cape unfurls. This impressive sight ends the second scene of Act III. The final scene of the play opens with two girls winding a skein of red wool. Confusion reigns with various characters appearing and asking for definitive news about the hunt for the lovers. Finally, the Mother is apprised of the terrible truth; her last son is dead at the hands of Leonardo. Leonardo is also dead. The Bride appears, dejected, asking for death. The Mother barely registers her presence as she announces her final descent into inconsolable pain and suffering. ...read more.

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