what are the consequences of gender roles to the characters lives in The House of Bernarda Alba?
i was thinking, perhaps the domesticated expectations of women in the house of bernarda alba inhibit their freedom to follow their heart's desires, causing them great unhappiness.
In The House of Bernarda Alba, the dramatist Lorca presents the tragedy of virginity exploring the lives of rural spanish women. There he shows the values of the society and the place for females. The domineering matriach Bernarda Alba clings to the taditional concepts and traditional role of women. Her daughters are assighed to play the same role.
"A needle and thread for females: a mule and a whip for males. That's how it is for people born with means."
-Bernarda, Act l-
Bernarda orders them to engage themselves in sawing. The role of females was highly domesticated. In Poncia's time and Adela's time the way the fiance meet fiancee has been the same, that's coming to the windw late at night. In a drama which runs with the aid of symbols, the window too is an indication of the descrimination of the positions of males and females. The latter have to stay indoors while the former are allowed to go outdoors and do whatever they like.
"......fifteen days after the wedding, a man leaves the bed for the table then the table for the tavern. and any woman who doesn't accepts it rots away crying in a corner"
-Poncia, Act ll-
Such harsh life was reccomended for the females in that society. They had less freedom. (eg. Adelaida's fiance's prohibitions) Their role was based on domestication whic comes along with confinement.