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In his play, 'Blood Wedding', Federico Garca Lorca utilises colour to introduce ideas of foreshadowing to the audience; several references can be made between the black used and the deaths of Leonardo and the Bridegroom in particular.

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"What is the significance of colour in the play 'Blood Wedding'?" In his play, 'Blood Wedding', Federico Garc�a Lorca utilises colour to introduce ideas of foreshadowing to the audience; several references can be made between the black used and the deaths of Leonardo and the Bridegroom in particular. Since 'Blood Wedding' is a play, and as such intended for audience viewing, the use of colour makes subtle suggestions as to the fates of the characters and although it is a visual aspect, much of the usage isn't overbearing. Act 1 Scene 1 begins with the stage directions "Room painted yellow". Yellow in the context of the play can be associated with wheat fields and fertility (the yellow wheat representing the foundations of all life, since bread is one of the most basic of necessities in modern life), which is ironically contrasted with the deaths of the Mother's husband and eldest son preceding the play. Furthermore, yellow has often been associated with cowardice, which makes it an appropriate colour to use in the scene as the Mother discusses the deaths of her spouse and offspring with the Bridegroom- she clearly hates the Felix family (from where the murderers came) ...read more.


yet the horse will ultimately be left without a rider, and the child without a father (the lullaby itself suggests the violence and pain of life, which the child is too innocent to understand yet). The pink room also is a reference to bloodshed in the future, to a certain extent: although it is faded by uncertainty (before the deaths at the end, the characters each could have made choices to change the final outcome), it represents both the passion that the two families hold and also the blood that will be spilt. Similarly, in Act 1 Scene 3, the room is filled with pink and white. The pink is representative of Leonardo's passion and the white is representative of the Bride's purity (although the audience may doubt her virginity, she reveals in the final scene that she is still "as pure as a new born child", which would have been an important issue at the time). Throughout the play, the Mother is often seen dressed in black; as was customary of the time period, women would 'belong' to their husbands for their entire life. ...read more.


fates, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos as they unwind the threads of life are represented by the two girls and the little girl each with their red wool, which could imply the spilt blood of the men or refer to the network of veins mentioned by the Bride earlier in the play. Lorca uses a vast range of different colours, each to different effect, in 'Blood Wedding'; to conclude, I would say that it an extremely effective way of engaging an audience watching the play and it allows them to develop their own ideas about the futures of the characters throughout the play - which makes it especially effective at foreshadowing the events to come. Although it takes a predominantly 'back-seat role' I feel that it works very well and a director producing the play wouldn't have many options available in changing the way that colours are presented, which allows Lorca's intended use for it to permeate through any production, whereas other aspects of the play are subject to change based on the director's vision. Steven Burnett IB Yr. 1 09/01/2011 *I used Gwynne Edwards' translation of 'Blood Wedding': ISBN 9780713685169* Words: 1157 ...read more.

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