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The House of Bernarda Alba Lesson Plan

Introduction to The House of Bernarda Alba

The House of Bernarda Alba is Federico Garcia Lorca's last play, written two months before he was killed in 1936. His inspiration for the play was a woman, Frasquita Alba, who lived in one of the villages where Lorca grew up and had five unmarried daughters. Although Lorca did not intend it as such, critics often group the play with Blood Wedding and Yerma, which are part of the "rural trilogy" Lorca was unable to finish before he died. All three plays focus on aspects of rural femininity; Blood Wedding considers nuptial drama and Yerma explores the tragedy of a barren woman. The House of Bernarda Alba can be considered a meditation on enforced virginity and the repression of burgeoning...

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