THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE OPENINGS AND ENDINGS OF THE PLAYS: “BLOOD WEDDING” & “A DOLL’S HOUSE”.
It is common speculation that the beginnings and/or conclusions of written pieces contribute greatly to the total meaning of the works. This means that a good or bad entrance and/or a good or bad ending can have an overall effect on the piece and draw the line between average and great works. This is the reason why I have chosen to examine these aspects of both “Blood Wedding” by Federico Lorca and “Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen so as to determine whether beginnings and/or endings actually have effects on the understanding of the plays.
Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” is set in Andalusia, Spain of the time and it revolves around a certain young bride who, on the verge of an arranged marriage, decides to elope with her long-time lover. “Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, on the other hand, written many years earlier, is set in Norway in the very conservative Europe of the day. Nora shocks the entire society by her decision to leave her husband and children when she realises she has been nothing but a doll to her husband she thought loved her. Both playwrights, in their writing, similarly oppose society and society’s right to determine how life is lived. Furthermore, in both plays, the main characters are two women who choose to defy society which they have been chained by for so long and we see them going against society in identical ways. It is important to note that these decisions were taken after some occurrences which culminated into unbearable societal treatment which they eventually defied.
The beginning of “Blood Wedding” is one that starts on a seemingly regular note where the Bridegroom prepares to go off to work in the family vineyard- which was common to almost all families in that area at the time-and speeds into one of ill-fate as the mother recalls some past events that have links to the use of a knife. His reason though, is to get some grapes to eat in place of the...