In Blood Wedding, Lorca presents men as violent and strong, a reflection of the machismo culture. Throughout the entirety of the play, the males are presented in such a light; while such stereotypes are more often presented subtlety, using a mixture of action and presentation, there are scenes throughout the play wherein the manifestation of the male need to be perceived as macho is clearly spoken. One such scene may be found in Act II, scene ii, wherein Mother states, “And daughters! Men are creatures who pass on the wind! They’re forced always to deal with weapons. Girls need never set foot in the street” (Lorca 45).
This sentiment was presented as a part of a conversation between Mother and Father about grandchildren. Father indicated that he felt as though their child should have a great many sons as a product of the wedding, citing the need for their labor in order to be able to continue to sustain the family (Lorca 45). Mother, on the other hand, indicated that she wished that their child’s marriage would be blessed with daughters, citing her argument from the previous Act that men are focused on weaponry (Lorca 45).
In order to understand such a sentiment in relation to the machismo culture, one must have an understanding of the time in which the play was set. The men are responsible for providing for their family, but are also highly concerned with fighting, using weapons as a means of proving their prowess. This is the essence of the machismo culture, the strength of being male, of being masculine, and the pride associated therewith. It is the pride of the men that Mother is concerned with, knowing that this pride will lead to more fighting, and resulting in a situation in which the burden of the same will fall on the females within the society.
Lorca, Federico Garcia. “Blood Wedding (Bodas De Sangre).” Shiraz.Fars.Pnu.Ac.Ir, 1933, http://shiraz.fars.pnu.ac.ir/Portal/File/ShowFile.aspx?ID=461dfab7-f52d-481b-95e6-e2f85ce092be.