Blood Wedding and Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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1,382 words                                                                            Tessa Browne          

10/04/10                                                                                                         English A1 HL

To what extent are the Bride and Santiago Nasar victims of fate in Blood Wedding and Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Blood Wedding share many themes including the theme of fate. The character of Santiago Nassar in Chronicle of a Death Foretold and the Bride in Blood Wedding in particular are victims of fate. This is portrayed through omens, symbolism and relations between characters in the separate novels. Though these two pieces of writing are very distinctive in terms of style, (Blood Wedding is a play and Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a novel) they both portray fate in a similar way through these characters.

Both Blood Wedding and Chronicle of a Death Foretold are full of omens. In Blood Wedding, the reader is introduced to the character of the Mother. She speaks about knives quite a bit, ‘Knives…knives…I curse them.’ (3). In the end, this is what causes the death of her son and the character of Leonardo, resulting in the devastation of the Bride. The Mother is a very complex character; she is very exaggerated.  The reader doesn’t really take her seriously at the start, as she seems to be a little fanatical. However, she ends up being the one that foresees what is to come. The Bridegroom’s mother has been through quite a lot of tragedy, ‘First they killed your father… Then they killed your brother.’ (4). She could have foreseen his future and how he was going to die. However, she is not protective enough and lets him leave. She then goes on to speak about how she wishes she had girls, ‘But make sure you have girls… live in peace’ (8). The Bridegroom is not a girl therefore he will not live in peace. This foreshadows the violence to come as well as contrast with it.  

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Some could argue that the Bridegroom and Leonardo are the victims of fate in the play. However, many could argue that it is the Bride that suffers the greatest loss.  The Mother also speaks about how she thinks the ‘girl is good’ (6). ‘I know she’s got good manners…good worker…bake her own bread…sew her own clothes…’ (6). Back when the play was set, these were the things that made a ‘good girl’, not personal qualities. These are quite superficial. It shows how on the outside something can seem perfect, but in reality, it is broken. This reflects what the ...

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