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In Lorcas Play The House of Bernada Alba examine Religion throughout the play and the significance it has.

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In Lorcas Play - 'The House of Bernada Alba' examine Religion throughout the play and the significance it has. 'The house of Bernada Alba' was written by Garcia Lorca in the 20th century before the beginning of the Spanish civil war. Lorca uses the play to describe what it was like for women living at the time of the civil war. The play is about a family of women in which all the daughters all love the same man, a marriage is planned between the oldest daughter Angustias and the man, Pepe el Romano, however this marriage is for money not for love, Pepe actually loves Adela. In the play there is a strong male influence however no men actually speak in the play, it always shows men to be outside in the open whilst the women cooped up inside in the house. This shows that women at the time the play was written were oppressed and weren't aloud to be 'free'. In the play we see a lot of religion however we dont see much Christianity as the house seems to be lacking the simple moral rules set up by the Christian faith. There is a lot of imagery in the story however a lot of it stems from religion, for example the play begins with the ringing of church bells, they cause the servant to get a headache. ...read more.

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We hear a lot of gossip and smutty talk from both the men and women which is clearly unchristian, they are all guilty of impure thoughts. Also at this point Bernada says that the only man that women should be looking at in church is the priest as hes wearing a skirt and therefore emasculating him, this is obviously unchristian. In the kitchen we hear all of the women go into prayer for the departed, this is ironic as none of them really care. This therefore means that they are talking Gods name in vein, none of them care about what has gone on they are just performing a ritual for the departed, it could be seen as Bernada is ordering God what to do by going through with this ritual. We clearly see the lack of Christianity again from Bernada when she says "I have five chains, one for the each of them" she locks her mother away and is more that willing to do the same to her daughters if they step out of line. Bernada also believes that Antonio Benevides should get a free pass into heaven just simply because of his social status. She says "Grant peace to your servant Antonio Maria Benavides and give him the crown of your blessed glory." This could be seen as Bernada playing God by deciding who goes to heaven or not, clearly shows a lack of Christianity. ...read more.

Conclusion

We see religion right at the end of the play when we see the death of Adela, she dies for what she thinks is right to save the consequences of others, she 'wore the crown of thorns' we see this as an act similar to Jesus', she died to save others. However at the same time Bernada is showing pride and selfishness when she says "My daughter has died a virgin! Take her to her room and dress her like a pure maiden. No one will say anything! She has died a virgin! Tell them the bells should ring twice at dawn." She is willing to lie to everyone just keep herself looking good, she doesn't care about anything else as long as she looks good. In conclusion, In Lorca's Play - 'The House of Bernada Alba' there are many Religious connotations throughout the play and it has a very great significance, the way that religion, and in a lot of cases, the lack of it, shows that the church and religion was a very big and important factor at the time. Religion has a great significance in the play; it lets the reader see what is going on in the play from a different perspective if you view it from a religious perpective. And also it sets the moral standards and rules that Bernada sets out to follow however they get twisted and broken along the way. ?? ?? ?? ?? Robert Foard 12H English ...read more.

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