Plot Summary La vida es sueño, or, Life’s a Dream, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, is one of Spain’s most well-known plays.
First published and first produced in 1636, during the heyday of Spain’s golden age of literature, Life is a Dream is a play in verse that intertwines a complex family drama with a tale of honor and vengeance.
This 30-page guide for “Life Is A Dream” by Pedro Calderón de la Barca includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 3 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis.
Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Duty, Honor and Revenge and Fate versus Free Will.
His actions prove the prophesy correct, and he is banished once again, where he convinces himself that everything that has happened to him is but a dream.
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However, even many fans of the play don’t realize that there’s a second version, written late in Calderon’s life, that incorporates many of the same speeches and themes but also transforms other aspects of the play.
George Drance, co-director Kelly Johnston, and Magis Theatre Company are producing Calderon’s two versions of the play together for the first time at La Ma Ma in New York, and he joined the podcast to talk about the production.
Francisco Suarez’s treatise On the Defense of Faith (De defensio fidei, 1613) stated that political power resided in the people and rejected the divine rights of kings, The Spanish Golden Age was brought about by the colonization of Americas, as they took advantage of the newfound resources.
It saw the birth of notable works of art: Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes (1605), played with the vague line between reality and perception.