The House Of Bernarda Alba Analysis

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The House of Bernarda Alba is the representation of Lorca's powerful theatrical sense, this means that the play focuses less on the plot and more on the created atmostphere around it. The entire play is set in Bernarda's house, with her five daughters and help. The Alba family lives in a small village in Andalusia, a region of Spain. The major theme that surrounds the play is Patriarchy, which is ironic since the described house is a matriarch ran by Bernarda. Within the play we witness the gossiping of women, they are the only character that are given lines. We feel the presence of males, they are mentioned, a major character was Pepe, however he never speaks. This is plausibly in an attempt to illustrate how vocal women are, and to emphasize the power they maintain. The roles of…show more content…
The societal roles are irrevocably illustrated throughout the play. “MAGDALENA: …I know I'm not going to marry. I'd rather carry sacks to the mill. Anything except sit here day after day in this dark room./ BERNARDA: That's what a woman is for./ MAGDALENA: Cursed be all women./ BERNARDA: In this house you'll do what I order. You can't run with the story to your father anymore.”(Act 1 p165) Throughout the play there are several places where readers notice the emphasis the author intends to place on patriarchy. Such as when both Poncia and Bernarda both engage in speaking about men, essentially both dialogues evoke upon readers the importance of a woman to know their place even in marriage. This is the advice that these two women give to the younger ladies within the home. By teaching them about their social status as being below men, they help to uplift and encourage the patriarchal society. “Fifteen days after the wedding, men leave the bed for the table, and then the table for the tavern. Women who don't accept

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