(Presented in Spanish)
In Federico García Lorca’s La casa de Bernarda Alba, a group of young women struggle under the repression of their mother. This play examines the traditional role of women in Spain during the twentieth century through the conflict of the weight of repression and the desire for freedom.
Social expectations, such as honor and purity, greatly affected the lives of women in Spain during this era. As said by one of the characters in the play, “To be born a woman is the worst punishment.”
Lorca uses symbolism throughout the play in order to reinforce the theme of repression. This presentation examines and interprets these symbols to illustrate the struggle of women in their fight for freedom.
Katlyn Arndt, ’14
White Bear Lake, MN
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sponsor: Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour