Bernada Alba examine Religion - Sample Essay
We clearly see the lack of Christianity again from Bernada when she says “I have five chains, one for the each of them” she locks her mother away and is more that willing to do the same to her daughters if they step out of line. Bernada also believes that Antonio Benevides should get a free pass into heaven just simply because of his social status. She says “Grant peace to your servant Antonio Maria Benavides and give him the crown of your blessed glory. ” This could be seen as Bernada playing God by deciding who goes to heaven or not, clearly shows a lack of Christianity.
Bernada commits another sin when the servant come in with her husbands old clothes to give away and she says “Nothing. Not a button! Not even the handkerchief we used to cover his face! ” This shows her greed and that she would prefer to keep all of her husbands possessions and not use them that give them to the poor. In the play we see the seven deadly sins all used, for example, we see greed in Pepe el Romano as he is only marrying Angustias for her money.
We see pride in Bernada as we see that she does allow a marriage to happen because he husband was not ‘good enough’ for her daughter. We see envy through all of the sisters towards Angustias’ marriage with Pepe, also we see envy with the servant as she says “She’s always been good to you! ” Through this quote we see the servants jealousy toward Poncias relationship with Bernada. Another sin we see is lust, throughout the play we see Bernada and her lust for power and Pepe trying to marry into power.
We see gluttony through Poncia and the servant stealing food from the kitchen and not sharing any with the beggar woman. Lastly we see adultery at the end of Act 1 when we here about the young woman being chased down the road after she had committed adultery. In Act 2 we see a lot to do with religion we see all of the daughters shows envy and jealousy towards Angustias because of her marriage and the fact that she is inheriting all of the money, we also see Bernada be very non Christian when the woman is being chased down the hill, she screams “Finish her off before the police arrive!
Place a burning coal where her sin lies! ” this shows that she wants a murder to take place which could be the most unchristian thing that could happen, on the other hand next to her Adela says “(Clutching her stomach) No! No! ” This shows that she feels sick at the very thought of a murder and really doesn’t want it to happen, this shows her to be a good Christian, we also see this in Prudencia as she says that her only comfort is in the church.
We see religion right at the end of the play when we see the death of Adela, she dies for what she thinks is right to save the consequences of others, she ‘wore the crown of thorns’ we see this as an act similar to Jesus’, she died to save others. However at the same time Bernada is showing pride and selfishness when she says “My daughter has died a virgin! Take her to her room and dress her like a pure maiden. No one will say anything! She has died a virgin! Tell them the bells should ring twice at dawn. ” She is willing to lie to everyone just keep herself looking good, she doesn’t care about anything else as long as she looks good.
In conclusion, In Lorca’s Play – ‘The House of Bernada Alba’ there are many Religious connotations throughout the play and it has a very great significance, the way that religion, and in a lot of cases, the lack of it, shows that the church and religion was a very big and important factor at the time. Religion has a great significance in the play; it lets the reader see what is going on in the play from a different perspective if you view it from a religious perpective. And also it sets the moral standards and rules that Bernada sets out to follow however they get twisted and broken along the way.