English: World Literature: 2c Word Count: 1414
BERNARDA: What does Pepe have to say?
ANGUSTIAS: I find him distracted. He always talks to me as if his mind is on something else. If I ask him what’s wrong, he says: ‘We men have our own problems.’
BERNARDA: You shouldn’t ask him. And when you marry, less still. Speak if he speaks, and look at him when he looks at you. Do that and you won’t have disagreements.
ANGUSTIAS: Mother, I think he’s hiding things from me.
BERNARDA: Don’t try and find out what they are. Don’t ask him, and, above all, never let him see you cry.
ANGUSTIAS: I ought to be happy but I’m not.
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However, the stallion which looms out of the darkness as mentioned by Adela is a manifestation of the sexual tension in the play; a representation of the strength and wild energy in men, seen and accepted by the women in the house. The stallion is referred to on multiple occasions and the furore with which it pounds against the wall of its stable is echoed by the pent up sexual desires of the daughters. The starkness of the image Lorca creates, ghostlike in the surrounding night, creates a metaphorical image of the stallion, or men, as an ‘otherworldly’ being, stressing the general physical and emotional distance between men and Bernarda’s daughters. Furthermore the stallion is used as a portrayal of the hierarchy men held over women as, when it is previously released into the yard to cool down, the mares are left tied up. This representation is repeatedly alluded to