The House of Bernarda Alba

analytical Essay
1294 words
1294 words

“May God strike you dead, you two-faced scorpion! You thorn in my flesh” , “You are out of your mind! I won’t allow it! I forbid you!’ “The House of Bernarda Alba” is a play written at the brink of the 1930s Spanish civil war by Fredrico Garcia Lorca. “A Doll’s House”, is a play written by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen in the late 1800s. Both plays portray domination as a contributory of love, predominantly by the heads of households of the respected plays. In both plays “A Doll’s House” and “The House of Bernarda Alba”, domination and love have been key elements in the development of the plays. Characters that are by nature dominating over their family portray love in many different ways. Love is not as easy to interpret from these characters as compared with the straightforward Aunt Polly in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. Love is defined in the characters of Torvald and Bernarda in the form of domination. Torvald is a lot more subtle about his feelings and more open for interpretation, while Bernarda is more complex and closed in the form of expressing love. In both plays name calling is a defining factor used by the playwrights, Ibsen and Lorca, to ridicule the antagonist’s subjects. For instance, in “A Doll’s House”, Ibsen emphasizes the name calling by creating a dehumanizing tone where Torvald often refers to animals such as ‘skylark’, ‘little squirrel’ and ‘little singing bird’. This is one example of how domination is used to portray his love for his wife, despite forming a sense of constriction; whereas in “The House of Bernarda Alba” Lorca uses a more direct and powerful method of name calling to establish Bernarda’s dominating nature. Through Bernarda, Lorca has used harsh words such as ‘Weakling!’ This part... ... middle of paper ... ...ehold with an iron fist, a sense of affection and love exist in them. Works Cited Discussion.htm'sHouse/novelsummary.html's_House 7/2/2012 7/2/2012 “A Doll’s House”, Henrik Ibsen, translated by Stanley Appelbaum, Modern Classics first edition “The House of Bernarda Alba”, Fredrico Garcia Lorca, translated by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata, Dover Thrift Editions

In this essay, the author

  • Compares fredrico garcia lorca's "the house of bernarda alba" and the norwegian playwright henrik ibsen' "a doll’s house". both portray domination as a contributory of love.
  • Analyzes how domination and love have been key elements in the development of the plays. torvald and bernarda are more subtle about their feelings and open for interpretation.
  • Analyzes how ibsen and lorca use name calling to ridicule the antagonist's subjects in "a doll’s house" and "the house of bernarda alba."
  • Analyzes how bernarda and torvald have a similar trait, criticism. both playwrights, ibsen and lorca, use it to bring about the concern and love that the antagonists have towards the success of their family members.
  • Analyzes how protection comes from the sense of domination in "the house of bernarda alba" and how torvald disallows nora from eating her favorite macaroons.
  • Analyzes how domination helps bernarda and torvald protect and secure their respective families from societal aggression. in a doll's house, nora is considered a subordinate to any male figure in society.
  • Explains that respect is a requirement to head the household and it is brought forth by the intention of love.
  • Analyzes how bernarda alba and torvald are portrayed as tyrants dominating their household with an iron fist but a sense of affection and love exist in them.
  • Cites and https://classiclit.about
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