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Although seldom written down in black and white sexual desire is anever-existing aspect of everyones lives Like so although the playsThe House of Bernarda Alba and Mother Courage and Her Children revolvearound oppression and tragedy there are many subtleties associated withsexual desire Martirio and Kattrin of their respective plays are deniedtheir sexual desires by both their mothers and the society they live inThroughout the plays these two characters face many restrictions ofsexual desire one after the other Each restriction has an effect andleaves its mark With sexual desires denied in the beginning middle andend of each play their hardships sculpt the characters to become whothey are at the end of each play This paper will compare the ways inwhich the restriction of sexual desire has an impact on Martirio andKattrin in their respective plays In Act one of The House of Bernarda Alba Lorca establishes thecharacter of Martirio as bitter frustrated and generally unpleasantIt is evident that she is frustrated through her diction and the tone inwhich she says them The things that people make up God knowswhat went on then God help us and Stop that talk are allexamples of the way she responds to her sisters and even at times hermother It is later clear that her bitterness is a result of beingforbidden to marry the man she loved forbidden to be free of the graspsof her mother One time I stood at the window in my nightgown untildaylight because his field hands daughter told me he was going to comeand he didnt It was all just talk Then he married someone with moremoney than me p 214 When the audience later learns that Bernardaordered the man not to show up the restriction of Martirios sexualdesire intensifies Not only was Martirio deprived of marriage and loveher mother helped make it happen Martirio enters the play in aspiteful state and her character only worsens as the play progresses In the beginning of Mother
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