Notes on the Readings

Angustias he thinks to marry pepe el romano thanks to

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Angustias: He thinks to marry Pepe el Romano thanks to his money. Although he is aware of this, he is indifferent, since his only desire is to leave the house and the power of his mother. Although after 40 years there are no passions or joys in it. Magdalena and Amelia: They are the two most submissive. They have accepted the power of their mother with resignation. Martirio: The most complex character. Her mother frustrated her wedding and she feels a resentment and jealousy of her very young sister, because she sees impotent as this one attracts Pepe el Romano. Adela: The youngest of all. It is not willing to submit to maternal tyranny and everything in it is vitalism. Defies established morality, although it is impossible to overcome it and this leads to tragic fate. Poncia: The maid. It would be almost family if it were not for the prevailing classism. It should highlight her popular and varied speech. María Josefa: Your words are madness and truth. Expresses what none of the daughters
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dare to say: his desire for freedom, love, motherhood, etc ... It is a bad image before the people, so it is locked by Bernarda. Pepe el Romano: In the work does not appear, although it is omnipresent. Catalyst of all the passions and you will go in the house. The desire for freedom. Adela will be the best example of this way of thinking. The first, through small "exploits" (such as displaying clothes of a different color to black, rebelling in word and act against his mother ...) will make her the real victim of the circumstances that surround the house. The fulfillment with the imperious design of the natural and intuitive laws. References to nature of a symbolic nature are sought and measured: masculinity, passion, primitive sexual desire, represented in the two horses of the work: that of Pepe el Romano and the Garañón who neighs and piafa inside the house; the desire, present at all times with the repeated mention of the heat that makes the blood of the sisters boil; etc. The sensuality Hatred Envy: it can be observed, above all, in the relationship between the sisters. Angustias, being the daughter of a man with means, is the heir of the family fortune and, therefore, the one required by Pepe el Romano as a woman. Both Martirio and Adela fight continuously for the favors of Pepe el Romano, forming a triangle of enmity between them. Injustice with women in a world of men. The frequent allusions on the part of all the inhabitants of the house to the "way of doing of the women" put in relevance not only the moral of the time, but also the opinion of the author on the subject. In the mouth of Adela will always put the tint of criticism, alluding to the repression and the need to break the social yoke. Social hypocrisy As the story progresses, we move deeper into the house and, symbolically, into the souls of the people.
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