Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Modern Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Christina Henseler




childhood, innocence, equality, women, actions


This thesis explores two primary themes of loss in Cría cuervos (1976) by Carlos Saura. The loss of one’s childhood and innocence and the loss of liberty, freedom, and equality for women are crucial themes that are further analyzed. By considering the hidden details and underlying messages in the film, this study exposes with clarity the psychological effects of the patriarchal system under the dictatorship of Franco on these two themes of loss for these Spanish women. I discuss the loss of the main character’s childhood and innocence through her actions, the encounters that she witnesses, and from the treatment of others. Additionally, by examining specific occurrences in the everyday lives of the other female characters in this film, there are obvious disparities of equality between the two genders.