Psychological Effects from Blood Wedding

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Life can sometimes be a convoluted experience; life sometimes gets tricky. Since the cycle of life is a universal experience, everyone must encounter these convolutions, or trouble spots, every now and then. Literature, since it addresses the cycle of life, must therefore touch upon these difficult experiences. In Federico García Lorca’s play, Blood Wedding, there is an innumerable amount of evidence of rough times; the entire play centers around a feud between two families. At the end of the play, the mother must come to terms with the death of the Bridegroom, her son, on top of the death of her other son, as well as her husband. The bride must also cope with the fact that it is her fault that the Bridegroom and Leonardo, her husband and lover, respectively, have both passed away. Thus, by analyzing Lorca’s Blood Wedding one can observe the psychological disturbances faced by the Mother and the Bride at the end of the play.

First, one can observe the psychological turmoil in Blood Wedding through the character of the mother. The mother in this play is an extremely eccentric woman. Right from the beginning, the reader is struck with a troubling quote from the mother. She states, “Knives, knives. Cursed be all knives, and the scoundrel who invented them” (Lorca 34). Thus, immediately the mother is expressing her anxiety and phobia directed towards knives. The reader discovers that this fear stems from the death of the Mother’s son, and her husband. She then states

If I lived to be a hundred I’d talk of nothing else. First your father; to me he smelled like a carnation and I had him for barely three years. Then your brother. Oh, is it right - how can it be - that a small thing like a knife or a pistol can finish off a man - a bull of a man? No, I’ll never be quiet. The months pass and the hopelessness of it stings in my eyes and even to the roots of my hair (Lorca 35). Thus, the mother is undoubtedly severely damaged by the death of her son and her husband, even at the beginning of the play. The pain as experienced by a mother, who has lost her husband and her son, is an everlasting one; there always seems to be a chasm in her heart. This type of stress and anxiety can lead to serious psychological trouble. This is evidently true in the case of the Mother. It appears that she may have several psychological disturbances. This is reinforced when the Mother states, “I’ll put up with it, but I don’t forgive” (Lorca 64). Hence, there are several psychological problems lingering within the Mother, even before the death of the Bridegroom.

Then, at the end of the play, the Mother’s psychological trouble only gets worse with the death of her last son, the Bridegroom. She states:
My son ought to answer me. But now my son is an armful of shriveled flowers. My son is a fading voice beyond the mountains now... Your tears are only tears from your eyes, but when I’m alone mine will come - from the soles of my feet, from my roots - burning more than blood... We have terrible days ahead. I want to see no one. The earth and I. My grief and I. And these four walls. Ay-y-y! Ay-y-y! (Lorca 96). Therefore, at the end of the play, the Mother is psychologically and emotionally damaged beyond any possible repair. She speaks of seclusion to solve her problems, and the overwhelming grief that she is facing. Losing a child is one of the most stressful and psychologically harmful events that could possible happen to a person. The sorrow, fury, melancholia, and other intense emotions associated with death, all cause psychological and emotional damage. The traumatizing experience of losing a loved one is immeasurable and infinite. Thus, the Mother is experiencing this grief threefold of what it would normally be. Since the almost life-threatening levels of stress are associated with the death of only one loved one, the Mother must indeed be experiencing crippling and debilitating amounts of uncontrollable stress, raw emotion, and troubling...
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