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La casa de bernarda alba upon her second husbands

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La Casa de Bernarda Alba Upon her second husband's death, domineering matriarch Bernarda Alba imposes an eight-year mourning period on her household in accordance with her family tradition Angustias inherited a large sum of money from her father, Bernarda's first husband, but Bernarda's second husband has left only small sums to his four daughters Augustias’s wealth attract Pepe el Romano Adela wears a green dress instead of black Angustias will be marrying Pepe
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Bernarda sees Angustias wearing makeup. Appalled that Angustias would defy her orders to remain in a state of mourning, Bernarda violently scrubs the makeup off her face Maria Josefa announces that she wants to get married It turns out that Adela and Pepe are having a secret affair Adela shows the most horror when the family hears the latest gossip about how the townspeople recently dealt with a young woman who shamelessly delivered and killed an illegitimate baby. Bernarda chases Pepe with a gun Implies that they’ve killed him A shot is heard,immediately she calls for Adela, who has locked herself into a room. When Adela doesn't respond, Bernarda and Poncia force the door open. Soon Poncia's shriek is heard. She returns with her hands clasped around her neck and warns the family not to enter the room. Adela, not knowing that Pepe survived, has hanged herself. She insists that Adela has died a virgin and demands that this be made known to the whole town. Green dress = jealousy In addition, in Lorca’s poetry, it generally represents death In Hispanic culture it can also mean lust Heat = oppression Or in association with fan = sexual frustration Black = death or all things bad All the girls and Bernalda wear black White = purity, innocence, all things good The house is white Represents Bernalda’s push to keep the girls pure The cane = oppression over the girls Bernalda’s rule over the girls Play has heavy use of symbolism Alba means with the force of a bear Symbolizes her strength Angustias means anguish or torment Perhaps to symbolise how much she torments her sisters Adela comes from “adelantar” which means "to go forward" or "to overtake". Adela is the character in the story fighting to move forward in life and overcome the oppression she is faced with. Several of the girls have biblical names as well Take meaning from Mary Magdalene and Mary & Joseph and Pontius Pilate, etc. While Pepe is mentioned several times, he is never seen on stage, increasing the sexual tension The House of Bernarda Alba is a play in three acts of the Spanish writer Federico García Lorca, written in 1936, shortly before its execution. It premiered in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1945.
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