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In this story it can be easy to point out who were the protagonists, the mother (Bernarda) and Poncia. Poncia had worked for Bernarda for several years and became an important part of the household. In the first act Poncia is speaking with the other maid about how she has been with Bernarda for thirty years, washing her sheets, spending nights watching over her, peeking through cracks to spy on the neighbors to bring her the gossip (195). She has been a loyal servant, although she is just doing her job and doing what she is told. Poncia, later in the play, even tries to help Bernarda realize what has been going on under in her own house (253-256). Even when there was a lot of gossip on Bernarda's house that could have been spread through the town Poncia keeps it from spreading; as she told Bernarda; "I cover up more than you think" (275). Poncia is clearly a protagonist in this story, although she tries to pick sides.
Looking into the lives of these characters the obvious is this: the daughters are against the mother, and Poncia often fits in the middle.
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Garcia Lorca, Federico. "The House of Bernarda Alba." Trans. Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata. Three Plays: "Blood Wedding," "Yerma," "The House of Bernarda Alba." New York: Farrar, 2001.