Federico Garcia Lorca's Rural Trilogy Book Review by Frank Bono

Federico Garcia Lorca's Rural Trilogy
A review of the trilogy of plays: "Blood Wedding", "Yerma" and "The House of Bernarda Alba" by Federico Garcia Lorca.
# 103424 | 2,005 words | 0 sources | 2007 | US

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An examination of Federico Garcia Lorca's trilogy of plays later dubbed the "rural trilogy", which include "Blood Wedding", "Yerma" and "The House of Bernarda Alba". The paper explains that there plays were written over the span of five years, and stand both as individual works and smaller parts of a larger whole. The paper points out that while there are a number of shared and repeated themes, including the subjugation of women in both past and contemporary Spanish society and the power of men that arises from such subservience, the plays are primarily concerned with frustration and repression. The paper then looks at how in the "rural trilogy", Lorca explores the repression of overpowering instincts and desires by societal norms, the hedging of characters' primordial passions by the conventions that govern their lives.

From the Paper:

"In Blood Wedding, the first play of the trilogy, the Bride's sexuality and freedom are stifled by a marriage to a socially acceptable but unexciting bridegroom. This is made readily apparent in Act One, Scene Three, where the Bridegroom proposes to the Bride. Throughout the scene, the Bride speaks flatly, dutifully. When her father says "Don't be so solemn," she responds "I'm happy. When I say 'yes', I say it because I mean it," and later, "I know my duty" (Lorca 19). The entire scene is joyless; it's the conclusion of a business arrangement rather than a pronouncement and acceptance of eternal love and togetherness. The Bride is only responsive to her future husband as a duty, a social responsibility (Allen 162)."

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