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Unformatted text preview: Life is a Dream Day 1 (Act I) Pedro Calderon De La Barca explores the theme of uncertainty in his play Life is a Dream. His characters exemplify this idea in the contexts of life-long confinement, disguises, dreams, and human interaction. In Act I, De La Barca stresses that no one can be sure of what the see or even what they know to be true, because life is unpredictable. Segismund : Segismund, the official heir to the polish throne, was locked up immediately after birth because of visions his mother had of a monstrous form not quite/A human, but resembling one, (I.vi.670-1). Instead of understanding this vision as warnings, the Queen and King believed it to be true, and in so believing, locked their son up, sealing his fate of becoming a monster. Segismund, however, does not believe that he was destined to be a monster, but rather that life cannot be predicted and planned....
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2010 for the course C LIT C LIT 30B taught by Professor Jocelynholland during the Fall '09 term at UCSB.
- Fall '09