The Macksey Journal


This essay will delve into the idea that Bodas de sangre, a play written by Federico Garcia Lorca in the early 20th century, still serves as a relevant discussion when determining how gender and societal pressures can correspond to the development of issues in modern-day Spain. It will chronicle a fairly new rape case, referred to as La manada, that initiated a call for reformation of the lingering misogynistic mindsets in some parts of the Spanish judicial system. By analyzing the reaction of the public after the initial verdict, namely large protests across Spain, I hope to unveil a possible, collective motive found at the base of the reaction and detail why I believe this motive is related to themes found in Bodas de sangre. Furthermore, I will provide my reasoning for why I think the notion of honor in Bodas de Sangre is at the root of the social dangers that Lorca conveyed through his work, and how this notion of honor could be present in the reaction of La manada. I believe that the insight Bodas de sangre can give to La manada could be of use in giving a different, more literary, explanation for the reoccurring societal patterns and reactions when analyzing modern-day cases that deal with such provocative subject matter.[1]

[1] This essay serves as an extension of a chapter called “How Honor and Marriage Are Found at the Core of Societal Disruption in Bodas de sangre” from my undergraduate thesis, “Chronicle of a Tragedy: A Comparison of Early Modern Iberian Literature to La manada.” Some wording may be similar in this piece and the chapter of my thesis, although all research and writing for both were conducted by me. See citation for more details.