The House of Bernarda Alba analysis

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The Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca illustrates the play as full of hostility and hatred. He presents us with more than a few themes in the play, for instance intolerance, the way Bernarda treats everyone with disrespect and ignorance, especially towards her daughters and Poncia. 'Yes, to fill my house with the stink of their greasy linen and the poison of their tongues,' this is how she talks of the people who came to the memorial of her husband. In the beginning of the play we are launched off with a stark atmosphere, 'A whiter-than-white inner room,' showing Bernarda's cleanness. More on through the play we are given the impression, from the Maid's statement, that Bernarda's husband, that past away, was a sleezy man, 'Rot you! You won't be lifting up my skirts again behind your stable door!' But then suddenly when Bernarda comes in she is frightened so starts wailing, as though she is mourning for him. Showing us concept that Bernarda is in control, 'I've never let anyone tell me what's what. Sit down,' talking to the girl offensively. We are also shown the how Bernarda is money-oriented by the way she talks about the classes, 'The poor are like animals. You'd think they were made out of different ingredients.' and appearances is also what matters most to Bernarda, her obsession with how her family appears to the outside world, though is not actually concerned with their actions. Appearance is also related to beauty which is a theme that comes up throughout the play. Adela's beauty, specifically, is one which becomes an important theme. It is her beauty that Pepe has fallen in love with, not for her personality, although she does not care and is willing to sell herself to him as she says to Martirio, ''I'll go and live in a little house by myself where he can come and see me when he wants to, whenever he feels like it.' Symbols are associated
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