Casa De Bernarda Alba Essay

The House of Bernarda Alba Essay

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The House of Bernarda Alba Federico Garcia Lorca was born in 1898 and died in 1936, he lived through one of the most troubling times of Spain's history. He grew up in Granada, Spain, and enjoyed the lifestyle and countryside of Spain. His father was a wealthy farmer and his mother was a school teacher and encouraged his love of literature, art, and music. He was an extremely talented man. A respectable painter, a fine pianist, and an accomplished writer. He was close friends with some of Spain's most talented people, including musician Manuel de Falla, and painter Salvador Dali. Lorca was a very liberal man who lived un dictatorship for most of his life. However, in 1931 Spain turned into more of a democracy, and was called "The…show more content…

Not only can she not have Pepe, but she can't have any man. She must stay in mourning and take care of her mother until she dies. Bernarda is a nasty, mean, unsympathetic lady, and having to spend all your time loced up with her for the rest of her life is about as bad a punishment as I can think of. The meetings with Pepe continue until inevitably, things start to get out of hand. The sisters tell Bernarda that Pepe has been coming and staying late at night, and Angustias insists that it's not with her. One night, Bernarda catches Adela with straw on her skirt and realizes that she has been out with him. Bernarda goes out and shoots at Pepe. She shoots at him, but as Bernarda says herself, "It was my fault. A woman can't aim." Adela believes that Pepe has been shot and kills herself. All things considered, I can't blame her at all, in fact, I very well may have done the same. The only other woman in the town to have an affair, Paca la Roseta, came back with, "her hair loose and a wreath of flowers on her head." She was killed, as was her child as she had become impregnated. Adela was in alomst the exact same boat, as we find out that she too was pregnant, however with Pepe's child, and her punishment would be similar to that of Paca's. However, I believe that she wasn't afraid somuch of being publically chastized, but by knowing that she would never be able to have a life with Pepe, the man she loved with all of her heart. Although no

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Summary: Relates the play, "La Casa de Bernarda Alba" by Federico García Lorca to the Spanish Civil War.


Federico García Lorca's play, "La Casa de Bernarda Alba," is open to many interpretations because of its deep symbolic nature. Lorca was a poet and a writer, writing about something he cared a great deal for, Spain. He lived during the time of the Spanish Civil War, so naturally his work was full of emotion and symbolism. "La Casa de Bernarda Alba" is no exception. It is quite obvious from the beginning that Bernarda represents the ruling class, or the Monarchists, and that her oppressed daughters symbolize the subjugated citizens of Spain, or the left. The play is about the lives of these girls under their strict and overbearing mother, and how they strive to free themselves from her persecution.

Lorca uses this play to point out what he feels are major issues of the Spanish Civil War; however, he does it from almost a third party...

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