Use of Language in the play ‘Blood Wedding’ Essay
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I am analysing the play to help me understand the meaning of the play and the characters. This play is a translation of ‘Blood Wedding’ as Federico was Spanish writer so therefore all the literature won’t all be there. Plays aren’t easy to translate, as when it has been translated it must ensure that the final product works o stage as well as a play in a book. Lorca’s translation took place in April and may 1988 in Madrid.
The main problem with presenting and translating Lorca’s play was that the characters speak from their souls and that Lorca’s has writing in a theatre of poetry and emotions.
The title “Blood Wedding” suggests tension throughout the play and the passionate union of two lovers, the bride and the bridegroom and Leonardo and the wife. In Act One Scene One we are introduced to the mother and the bridegroom. We can see that Lorca has represented the mother as being very over protected of the Bridegroom. He shows the audience this by his use of language, we notice that the mother likes to fuss around her son a lot e. g. making sure he has eaten before going out tot the vineyard. “Son take some food with you…… ”
When the son tells her “no” and that he will eat grapes at the vineyard by cutting them with a knife. This is when the tension rises between the mother and the bridegroom. The mother becomes cross and starts to shout about how knives are dangerous, this when we find out that she lost her husband and son due to being stabbed by a knife. “If I were to live… pulls my hair. ” From looking at this speech we see that Lorca’s language is poetic, we immediately know that Lorca’s views of the mother is that he has her treating her son like a child. As part of the audience I can see that the mother does do this through her use of language.
As the audience we gain information about the mother and bridegrooms relationship by looking at the use of language and how its spoken, also from looking at language we look at the two characters and see how they communicate with each other, what their tones, pace and their relationship is like. The son changes the subject by bringing up the bride; by looking at the language we can see that the mother is very suspicious and curious about her. “She had… didn’t there. ” This shows that she has been listening to the gossipers about the brides past.
I think Lorca wants to set out that the mother doesn’t want her son to be married. I think Lorca represents the mother as a bitter, evil old woman who doesn’t think about her sons’ future as she is always shouting, saying nasty things. I have also notice that she asks a lot of question, this shows that she is curious especially about the lady her son will be marrying, ” Do you know my son’s….? ” I think Lorca has chosen the language he has because it helps the audience to understand the characters more, their relationships with one another and to learn more about the characters personalities.
I feel that the mother and the bridegroom do have a loving relationship after analysing the use of language they use. ” You’ll be so happy! Both of you. ” I can see that they have communicated with each other strongly. Although we see that the mother isn’t happy with him getting married, I think its because she doesn’t want to feel as though she has lost another member of her family. After analysing the language, I can see that the mother is trying to set to the audience and the father that her son will be able to support and look after the bride, “My son has the very best of prospects.
” I can also see that the son has a caring relationship with his mother, “The first one is just for you.. ” This shows that the bridegroom knows that she wants him to children, it also shows that he is thinking about her and knows that she’d like the family to extend. At the end of the play the language Lorca uses shows that the mother encourages the son to go after Leonardo and the bride, “Go on, go…. With you. ” I think from looking at the use of language between Leonardo and the bride in Act Two Scene One, Lorca has set out that these two characters deeply do love each other.
“Yes, I got… always blame. ” When Leonardo says this, I think he is trying to tell the audience that he regrets marrying his wife and wishes he and the bride stuck together. “I know I’m crazy…. around my room. ” This shows that the bride feels the same and doesn’t know if she wants to marry the bridegroom. I think Lorca represent that she is only marrying the bridegroom as he is more her class as Leonardo isn’t. At the end of the play when we see Leonardo and the bride together, I feel that they have a strong, caring and warm relationship after analysing the use of language.
I can see that the bride tries to hide her feelings at first. “I’ll go my own… back. ” But as Leonardo talks to her, telling her she’s wrong, we begin to learn that she was the one who decided they should run away together. The language they use is filled with passion, “Naked…. feel myself burn. ” ” it’s the scent of your breast. ” ” Let’s just go from here… whispering all around. ” And is also very poetic, ” And grew thick with weeds. ” Lorca is using this language to show us that the bride didn’t know whom she wanted to be with, someone with money or someone who she loved.
The couple are very affectionate we can see that Leonardo really loves her, as there is a lot of touching, they are dedicating their love for one another. If this book didn’t have the language it has, then the book wouldn’t have maybe had a different ending. Lorca uses poetic language in his plays, it explains why such a theatrically innovative play “Blood Wedding” is full of echoes of folk culture. Poetic language shows expression of each character. The creation of poetry in “Blood Wedding” can lead us to imagery, we sense the feeling the characters are feeling. Lorca’s dramatic language possesses a symbolism of imagery.