Modernist Liberal Nation in Spain Essay
Further on in the text Zorilla is suggesting that the woman is innocent, that she has never experienced the ‘real world’ and therefore should accept it ‘as-is’
“Sois joven, cándida y buena; vivido en el claustro habéis, casi desde que nacisteis” (vv. 1437-39).
As she does not know what the world outside of the confines of her protected state, she does not need to fear it. This would suggest the subjugated role that the female is expected to play – and the Masculine role of taking care of the female is apparent. Furthermore, Abadesa is jealous that Doña Inéz is ‘innocent’, that she does not know what the real world is actually like.
“¡Dichosa mil veces vos! Dichosa, sí, doña Inés, que no conociendo el mundo, no le debéis de temer” (vv. 1445-48).
Therefore, Zorrilla is telling the reader ‘at this point’ in the text that the female doesn’t need to worry about the real world – this should be left to the male, who is ‘expected’ to provide support to the family and protect his family.
Furthermore, as Aldaraca argues, there is a definite contradiction between theory and practice. She argues that the whole idea of an “egalitarian marriage contract” where two individual