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The House Of Bernarda Alba Essay

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“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 particular word helps to bring about the idea of Bernarda’s concern for her daughters. Bernarda’s character is forced to maintain a tone which is abusive, since she is determined to keep her house in order. Her criticism is used to bring about her motherly instincts of love, albeit without any compassion.
Bernarda and Torvald both have a similar trait, criticism. Criticism is a tool that both playwrights, Ibsen and Lorca, use to bring about the concern and love that the antagonists have towards the success of their family members. In “The House of Bernarda Alba”, Bernarda constantly criticizes her daughters for their not being able to do as she would like, despite trying. “Is it proper for women of your class to go chasing after a man on the day of your father’s funeral mass?” In “A Doll’s House”, Torvald uses criticism in a more direct manner; this he does for Nora’s success. He expresses his concern for Nora’s dancing and believes that it’s his onus to see her succeed. “Yes, do. I can correct her better then.”
Protection comes from the sense of domination; this is represented when in “The House of Bernarda Alba” Bernarda states, “For a hundred miles around, no one can measure to them. The men here are not of their...

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