Use of language blood wedding Essay
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Lorca uses language throughout the play for many different situations, such as describing characters feelings, carrying the sub-plot and uncovering the main plot. By using language in different ways, Lorca is able to make the play more appealing and with deeper meaning. Act two, scene one, Bride: Bride- “Dark clouds. A cold wind here inside me. Doesn’t everyone feel it? “- page 53 In this speech by the Bride, Lorca has been able to describe the bride’s inner most feelings.
When the bride states that she has a “cold wind here inside me”, Lorca is showing that the bride is uneasy and probably scared about getting married. Lorca uses the language to describe a feeling which comes from the body of the bride, which creates a personal effect for the audience (the audience are able to understand the brides inner feelings). Also the playwright has also created imagery of wind which could be related to a physical storm or a storm which the bride may be in because of her future marriage.
Lorca then uses a rhetorical question (“doesn’t everyone feel it”) in which he addresses a feeling of loneliness in which the bride may be suffering. By doing this Lorca has been able to show feelings though the use of language, this creates more effect and interaction from the audience. If I was to vocalise the text, I would add expression to the sentence “a cold wind here inside me” by using a more frightened tone in my voice, as well as visualising a movement in which I change my body language to become more defensive (by curling my body to symbolise defence and fear).
Act two, scene one, Bridegroom: Bridegroom- “My arms are strong. I’m going to hold you for forty years without stopping. “- page 61 In this quotation, Lorca has expressed the bridegrooms love for the bride by stating that he will “hold you (the bride) for forty years”. Also in this quotation, Lorca heightens the brides’ feelings of being trapped and unable to escape. This could be seen by imagery of the bridegroom clenching the bride in his arms, expressing the strength the bridegroom may have.
This is an effective use of language as it shows that the bridegroom cares for the bride immensely, as well expressing the feelings the bride has. If I was to vocalise this quotation, I would emphasise the strength of the bridegroom with physical gestures such as enclosing the bridegroom’s arms around the bride. Act two, scene two, Mother: “A bad day? The only good one. For me it was like an inheritance. … The breaking-up of soil, the planting of new trees! ” Lorca uses language in this speech by the mother to express the mother’s happiness.
He does this by stating that the marriage was like “an inheritance”. By using the word inheritance in this way to describe the marriage, Lorca has been able to refer to the marriage as a gain, which shows the mothers view. This therefore is an effective use of language as it expresses a characters view. In this quotation, Lorca also describes the marriage as “the breaking-up of soil, the planting of new trees! ” which gives the impression that the marriage is the start of something new. This quotation can also show the repetition in the play; due to the cycle of planting of trees and soil being broken up.
In this quotation, the playwright has been able to manipulate the audience into believing that the marriage is more like a process by using language effectively. Act three, scene one, bridegroom: “You see this arm? Well it’s not my arm. It’s my brother’s arm and my father’s and my whole dead family’s. And it’s got such strength; it could tear this tree from its roots if it wanted to. “- page 79 In this quotation, Lorca has been able to use language to produce imagery in the audiences mind; by stating the arm could “tear this tree from its roots”.
This makes the audience imagine the arm having immense strength. Also in this quotation, Lorca has been able to show that the bridegroom is bound to the rest of the family by stating that his arm belongs to his brother and father. This is an effective use of language as it shows that the bridegroom feels tide down by his family. This quotation also makes another reference to blood. This could be seen to show the link to blood relatives and how they are connected to someone by having the same blood.
If I were to vocalise the quotation I would use gestures of the bridegroom’s arms being tied together. I would do this as the language emphasises that the bridegroom is bound to his family. Act three, scene two, Mother: “Your tears are tears that come from your eyes, that’s all. But mine will come, when I’m all alone, from the soles of my feet, from my roots, and they’ll burn hotter than blood. “- page 88-89 The playwright uses language here to describe the tears that the tears the mother will cry will “burn hotter than blood” and come “from the soles of my feet”.
This means that Lorca has been able to express tears as been a hot deadly liquid, which gives the impression that the tears are scorching, and are more than tears. This is an effective use of language as it again shows imagery. Also Lorca has shown that the tears are precious as he has stated that they come from the roots of the mother. This shows that Lorca has used language to show the mothers emotions, which is effective for the audience. Throughout the play, Lorca uses different styles of language to express different ways the bride talks to the bridegroom, Leonardo and the maid.
For instance, the bride treats the characters differently, such as treating the maid as if she owns her, therefore imposing her authority and instructing her what to do. The bride treats the bridegroom as if she is trying to avoid communication with him and being as abrupt as possible. However the bride communicates her feelings with Leonardo as well as showing passion and lust when speaking to him. Lorca’s style of writing is expressed in his use of poetry. When expressing the lullabies Lorca uses romance and passion which shows that his style of writing helps the poem and play flow.