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How does Lorca demonstrate escapism and hope in ‘La casa de Bernarda Alba’ ?

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Felicia Jones

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Lorca explores repression & escapism as an overpowering theme. With strands of an almost pagan interpretation of the power of earth, water and fire on the human soul, there is a close connection with nature, mostly human nature. In ‘Blood Wedding’, the lover’s inability to express their passion for each other leads eventually to violence and death. ‘Yerma’ believes that if she cannot conceive her blood will turn to poison. Her inability to satisfy her obsessive need to have a child likens her to an infertile and barren earth. In Bernarda Alba, the fire of the repressed sexual passions of the daughters burns so intensely that it ends up destroying them all in one way or another.

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