Pre marital sex for a woman is an anathema in the scrutinizing eyes of the society.
Virginity is considered a possession that can be availed by the husband alone.
The attitude of proponents of such man made laws makes the reader question the authenticity of the gender roles assigned to men and women.
Contrary to the restrictions that women have to undergo, men are as free as birds to realize their pursuits.
Contrary to giving freedom, the society fetters the individuals beyond redemption. That family’s so ready to kill and so hardened to it — but go, yes, go. She knows the outcome of perpetuating such vendetta.
Blood vendetta is the order of the day in this Andalusian society, and every individual prides himself in carrying on with the generational conflict. But her character is a example of a person pulverized by the societal pressures.
Losing the virginity is tantamount to robbing the future husband of his biggest assets.
And no doubt the women have to endure everlasting persecution at the hands of men for their temerity.
The perspective of this society is that the women are vulnerable creatures that can be safe only if they are incarcerated in these “caves” in the images of tamed and fettered animals.
The symbols of walls and parapets not only provide them personal safety but also provide them a refuge to shield their flimsy psyches.