THTR 311 Midterm Study

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Unformatted text preview: 311 Midterm Study 25/02/2007 18:38:00 ← SPANISH GOLDEN AGE Cultural Context • KEYS: o Geography • Influences to Spanish Culture: o Greek, Latin, Italian Renaissance Plays o Moorish (Arab) Culture o Spain decided to reinstate Christianity and made the moors and the Jews either convert, or leave. • CODE OF HONOR: o ‘Puhonor’ o Castilian Code: Partidas 1200’s: “Honor is the reputation a man has acquired through virtue of his rank, his high deed or his valor” o Two aspects: Private Virtue= Inner moral sense and ethics. An ethical principle to guide ones life, it is a measure of personal worth. Honor as Public Display= self-esteem and external power. Must always be proved- defense of honor is a defense of society. Honor Resides: In Women: In their fidelity In Men: In their valor and ability to defend the honor of women ‘Honorable Family’ is much more important than social class ‘good family; is based on honor, not class. Life Is a Dream: At the end, Segismundo tells Astolfo that he must keep his promise to marry Rosaura, because this is the most honorable thing to do. The prince also does not kill is father, because he cannot, it is against the code of honor and they wouldn’t be considered an ‘honorable family’ Tragedies of human folly, where character creates his own mental prison Quest for revenge is as destructive as the act that provoked it. Happy Endings. • Love and Passion o Spain see passion vs. reason, passion is stonger than reason. But you have the ability to decide what you want. Everything is passionate, even fighting is passionate ( Zoro) o English view- much more reserved, much less sexual and out there. Much more of a game. • Characters: o CABALLEROS: A mature gentleman who has the power to fight with the king (defend social order) A father, Major, Nobleman etc. Originally meant horseman who could equip himself to fight with the king, later became someone who owned land. o HIDALGOS: ‘Son of Something’ – Men who achieve noble status through birth or purchase. o PICAROS: Those who lacked land or a steady home. • Miguel de CERVANTES: o Famous for ‘Don Quixote’ Famous Characters: Don Quixote: Idealistic, Passionate, Noble, Dignified but foolish, Naiive and a Failure. Sancho Panza: the ‘Reality check’ – stock comic character. Reason v. Passion characters • REASON VS. PASSION: o Passion was more important to the Spaniards Essential qualities: Stamina Loyalty Audacity Will Power Not Important...
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This test prep was uploaded on 10/23/2007 for the course THTR 311 taught by Professor Backer during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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