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La Malquerida

  • 'The Passion Flower' © EFE

    'The Passion Flower' © EFE



Dramatic literature, Theatre



Original title

La Malquerida

Harsh play by Jacinto Benavente that tells the misfortunes and tragedies of two women dominated by a man with low morality.

"The Passion Flower" is a rural drama by Jacinto Benavente, premiered on 12 December 1913.

The style used by the author - synthesis of realism, natural manner and verisimilitude - is a reaction to the excessive melodrama by José Echegaray. In the play, Benavente recovers the theme of dim-witted men dominating women, as he did in "Señora ama" (1908). This time the play is set in "El soto" estate, where Doña Raymunda and her daughter Acacia live. After becoming a widow, Raymunda marries Esteban, who falls in love with Acacia. Blinded by unfounded jealousy, Esteban starts to pester all the men in Acacia's life, and starts calling her "la malquerida" ("the disliked woman").


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