A thorough yet accessible analysis of the entire play, with readytouse research tasks, worksheets, analysis and practice exam questions. Bernarda alba is a widow, and her five daughters are incarcerated in mourning along with her. Tes global ltd is registered in england company no 02017289 with its registered office at 26 red lion square london wc1r 4hq. One by one they make a bid for freedom, with tragic consequences. Literature study guide for asalevel spanish film and literature guides by bianchi, sebastian, thacker, mike isbn. The book was published in multiple languages including spanish, consists of 96 pages and is available in paperback format. When he completed bernarda alba, the second spanish republic was. How does the house of bernarda alba represent spain. Bernarda s daughters are seated on low chairs, sewing. She is the 30 year old daughter of bernarda who, almost by default, develops a deep. Apr 29, 2018 how relevant a book subtitled a drama of women in the villages of spain can be to a sophisticated 21stcentury reader. Due to the spanish civil war, spain went from being one of the richest and most powerful countries in europe to being one of the poorest countries.
Bernarda alba, so the misconception goes, takes place once upon a time in the fabled lands of rural spain. Act i a drama of women in the villages of spain 1936. In the united states, it has been the unfortunate victim of a simplistic reading, cultural whitewashing and vulgar titillation. Adapted for the stage by david hare, who has been writing for the national theatre since 1975, this story is set in rural spain at the turn of this century. Otra ed obras completas, madrid, aguilar, 1954, pp. The main characters of this plays, plays story are. Students will know the play inside out and be fully prepared for the speaking and writing exams. Lorca described the play in its subtitle as a drama of women in the villages of spain. The house of bernarda alba, forms a play expressing what federico garcia lorca saw as the tragic life of spanish women. This is to provide a sense of the immediate history that led up to the time lorca was writing in.
All material is in spanish, and complete in one volume, appropriate as an introductory text for spanish language courses in literature and culture. The house of bernarda alba federico gqrciq lorcq tt tiie iiut tlur. It xngfises me how the satne f,oet who has snuck the greatest note of tendemess in the spanish theatre could snip hinself of it to the point which he has been able to da in this play. Lorca did not include it in his plan for a trilogy of the spanish land which remained unfinished at the time of his murder. The house of bernarda alba is lorcas last and possibly finest play, completed shortly before he was murdered by nationalist. This website and its content is subject to our terms and conditions. With the father dead, the mother drives the young women into a lengthy period of mourning in which they are to be cut off. The house of bernarda alba is a somber and brooding tragedy about a family of girls ruled over by a grim and tyrannical matriarch who seeks to suppress their natural instincts in the interest of her own stern social code. Act ii the bright white interior of bernarda s house. Commentators have often grouped it with blood wedding and yerma as a rural trilogy. How relevant a book subtitled a drama of women in the villages of spain can be to a sophisticated 21stcentury reader.
Lorcas tale depicts the repression of women within catholic spain in the years before the war. The house of bernarda alba homework help questions. Below is a timeline of the history of spain from the reign of queen isabel ii through the spanish civil war. It xngfises me how the satne f,oet who has snuck the greatest note of tendemess in the. Angustias ive finished cutting the third sheet martirio its for amelia magdalena angustias, shall i do pepes initials as well angustias drily no. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. This edition is designed to help students approach the original spanish text through an introductory essay, vocabulary and cultural notes, and study questions. When he completed bernarda alba, the second spanish republic was about to end, and the spanish civil war was about to begin.569 324 737 247 795 790 624 311 726 238 183 551 935 864 1148 976 496 363 265 219 823 673 566 1388 1251 1160 1357 133 833 65 383 309 54 1128 419 931 981 17 947 659 314 50 815 1115 533