The House of Bernarda Alba Summary | GradeSaver

"The House of Bernarda Alba" was written around 1936 and is one of Federico García Lorca's best-known and most performed plays, as well as being his last work. The play was premiered after his death, in March 1945 in the Avenida Theatre in Buenos Aires, with Margarita Xirgú as Bernarda Alba.

It tells the story of Bernarda Alba, whose second husband has just died and she decides to observe eight years of strict mourning. Her daughters are also caught up in this situation: Angustias, Magdalena, Amelia, Martirio and Adela will have to put up with her mother's attitude. The names of these characters, as well many other aspects and elements in the play, are symbolic. Like the fact that there are no male characters on stage, thus symbolising chastity.

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Colors as symbols
The women have to wear all black:
symbolic of death
House is like a convent, so strictly and oppressively religious
Adela's Green dress
he Red and
Green Fan
Passion/Lust and Desire

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Historical Context

The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
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Past Productions
Discussion Questions
Theme question:
In Act 2, Amelia says, "To be born a woman is the worst possible punishment." What do you think Federico Garcia Lorca is saying in terms of the role of women in society in this play?

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