Life is A Dream 2

Life is A Dream 2 - Life Is A Dream The deliberate...

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Life Is A Dream The deliberate reoccurrence of uncertainty as a theme in Calderon’s Life Is a Dream interestingly expands on our course topic of “altered states.” Characters are often unable to decipher dreams from reality and are thus constantly experiencing internal struggles and turmoil. The obstacles presented by these perplexities put into question the foundations of reality and what exactly the driving forces of free will are, whether it is fact or fiction. Uncertainties presented at the beginning of the play - Who is Segismund? Why is he imprisoned? - What is Rosaura’s secret mission? How can one be sure of anything? - When Segismund first sees Rosaura, he is unsure of the validity of her masculine appearance: “My eyes to doubt what they’ve descried/ My ears to trust all they embrace” (Act I Scene 2) - In this case, perception is paralleled with deception - Is seeing believing? Who to choose? - When Clotaldo realizes the identity of Rosaura as his descendant, he is torn between choosing to either protect her or turn her in: “What choice have I? God help me now…I’m torn between these deeply felt/ Emotions and the duteousness I owe my liege” (Act I Scene 4) - Clotaldo is uncertain about where his loyalty should lie, and struggles with choosing to side with his kin or king. What to do? An experiment
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