Along with Blood Wedding and Yerma it forms Lorca's 'Rural Trilogy'. Death arrives in the disguise of the beggar woman and, before departing, announces that doom has visited the forest. The head of the house hold is Bernada, mother of five daughters. His father was a farmhand. Besides Angustias, none others have inheritance.
Adela What do you know about it? When The Groom asks for a knife to cut grapes in the vineyard, The Mother reacts cautiously. To La Poncia And you: keep to your own affairs. La Poncia, her housekeeper, playing the part of Pontius Pilate in a story of female Jesuses. This has caused a rift between the sisters as Adela has fallen for him as well and also because of marrying for her money. The Bride begs Leonardo to flee, but he refuses. Sometimes people will throw mud at others to destroy them. Martirio Fine, but he still has to ask.
La Poncia reports that one of the daughters, Magdalena, fainted during the funeral service. Mitchell was able to use the small size of the theatre to emphasize the claustrophobia of the house. Not eight days, not even eight weeks. While still more realistic than his earlier works, Blood Wedding is certainly more stylized than Bernarda Alba, in its use of song and symbolic characters. Amelia Curious So, what did he say? Lorca later reveals throughout the play that one of the sisters has been involved with Augustias's suitor, which sends her into an emotional whirlwind that brings down the family unit. Angustias Restraining Bernarda Leave her alone. Martirio Entering I heard him leaving at four as well.
The women leave at Bernarda's behest, except La Poncia and Adela, who have an intense argument over the latter's affair with Pepe. La Poncia I shall be your shadow! All the women listen, in a silence pierced by sunlight. Martirio Is it true you struck him on occasions? She links this to the sea, feeling that marriage will grant her freedom. Adela is sad because she wants to go out in the next 8 years. Leonardo, despite being married, is also still in love with the bride. La Poncia is with them. The Father tells The Mother about his dead wife and his desire to see his daughter marry and bear children.
I watched them from a distance. Angustias has a subtle way of rebelling herself, putting some makeup on her face which, upon seeing, Bernarda Alba violently brushes away. Martirio In a low voice, full of hidden meaning Ah, yes! The theme of deception is related to the theme of choice. The Mother, frenzied and furious, orders the entire wedding party out into the night to search for the runaways, as the Father collapses in grief. Adela Bring four thousand yellow flares, and set them up on the walls of the stable-yard. Martirio Nostalgically You girls there from the village open your doors and windows… Adela Passionately …the reaper wants your roses to brighten his sombrero.
Despite Angustias stubborn nature, it causes the readers to sympatise with her, whether or not she is oblivious to the situation. Like Martirio, Pepe el Romano is marrying Angustias for her wealth and land. Its setting is specific to the values and customs of a rural Spanish people, but the play's appeal is universal rather than national. La Poncia Old women can see through walls. What time did he leave? Bernarda Alba would have none of it! Martirio For your fields, and your orchards. After they find the body, Bernarda has a short moment of remorse, after which she demands Adela be buried as a virgin no matter the truth demands again that the girls fall in line under her tyrannical strictures. Espert was also interested in balancing the poetic with the realistic in the design.
Bernarda finds Angustias has applied makeup, and a fight nearly ensues before , Bernarda's senile mother who is kept locked up in the back, enters yelling about how she wants to get married and run away. La Poncia Afterwards he behaved very well. Adela Pleading Martirio, let us alone! Amelia rises, runs to the door, and peers out. Martirio starts a quarrel, and everyone comes out. Pause Martirio It slipped out. Bernarda Here we go again…You slip things in to give me bad dreams.
The servant Who just complained about being poor tells the beggar to find food on the streets like a dog. Leonardo's choice to leave his wife for the bride is, perhaps, due to his nature preventing him from doing otherwise. Adela What vast affection you suddenly feel for my sister! Given the repression of artistic expression in Spain during Franco's regime, it was not until 1964 that Lorca's last play was finally produced in his native country, at Madrid's Goya Theatre. We soon learn from Martirio, a hunchback, that Pepe el Romano stays much too late at their house. Anything except sit here day after day in this dark room.
La Poncia complains that she's washed and taken care of her for 30 years, and yet she curses her. The lullaby's lyrics foreshadow the tragedies that will occur later in the play. When La Poncia has enough, she says that she will lock herself in a room with Bernarda and spit on her for a year until she looks like a lizard. On the contrary, the second quote on page 127 represents the freedom that the daughters were denied. Adela Until they strip them naked and throw them in the river. Magdalena is the only one who loved her father, La Poncia explains. The Mother goes to The Bride's house, along with The Groom, where she meets the Bride's Servant and the Father of The Bride.