The Effects of Frustration and Desire on Individuals in Society Due to Forbidden Love and the Oppressive Female Roles in Lorca’s, the House of Bernarda Alba, and Laura Esquivels’ Like Water for Chocolate.

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  • Topic: The House of Bernarda Alba, Federico García Lorca, Love
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The characters in both Lorca and Esquivels’ pieces of literature portray the hardships and burdening lives while enduring restrictive love due to the oppressive female roles. Lorca creates the character, Bernarda Alba to act as the tyrant in his tale, leading some characters such as Adela and Maria Josefa to defy her and try to escape the tyrannical environment. Lorca expresses this uprising against Bernarda using colour as symbolism, while the house is symbolically used by Bernarda Alba as a means of repressing her family members and remaining in control. Esquivel uses the characters, Tita and Pedro to demonstrate the frustrations of forbidden love on the individual due to Mama Elena’s harsh rule. The use of symbolism and the portrayal of the household tyrants used by the two Spanish speaking authors express the characters’ defiance due to their strained environments. Federico Garcia Lorca and Laura Esquivel both use symbolism as a means of expressing the frustration and desire felt by the characters to demonstrate the effects of forbidden love on the individual. Although symbolism is present in both novels, in The House of Bernarda Alba, it is evident that Lorca uses colour to show rebellion and need for passion out of a forbidden atmosphere that Lorca creates in the play. This is perhaps due to the fact that he was a homosexual in a time and place that strongly opposed it, which inevitably resulted in his execution. Throughout the play, dull colours such as black are used to demonstrate the uniformity and to show the harsh contrast between the colours. Colours such as red and green that are not approved by Bernarda Alba, the tyrant of the household, are used to describe the rebellious characters. Lorca uses green to symbolize Adela’s rebellion and strong desire to set herself free where she says, “Tomorrow I’m going to put on my green dress and go walking in the streets. I want to go out!” (Lorca 39) This green dress symbolizes her wish to break free from...
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