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The House of Bernarda Alba Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

The House of Bernarda Alba is considered the honorary third play of Lorca's "rural trilogy." Blood Wedding and Yerma were the first two plays in the trilogy, but Lorca died before he could complete the trio. Consequently, although The House of Bernarda Alba was not intentionally written by Lorca as the last in his trilogy, it is often grouped with the other two plays. All three plays are mature and show Lorca's keen interest in finding a contemporary mode for tragedy, especially with regards to women in rural Spain.

An interesting companion piece to Lorca's play would be the book of poetry that first gained him notoriety and fame, Romancero Gitano (Gypsy Ballads). The book is composed of...

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