lifeisadream essay

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Life is A Dream In Calderon’s ‘Life is A Dream’, the difference between the dream and waking  state becomes evident.   The dream state acts as a medium to transitions between the  reality that King Basil convinces prince Segismund to be a dream and the reality that  Segismund comes to learn is the ‘awoken’ state of reality.  Segismund must cope with  the dilemma of whether either everything matters or nothing matters. The decision  becomes clear in the state he ultimately chooses to accept. In the first act, Segismund’s mother had a vision of her soon to be born son.  Segismund is described as a “monstrous form not quite a human, but resembling one.  ”(I. v.670-671).  As the prophesy of this vision becomes more and more ominous,  Segismund becomes the cause of his mother’s death. Because of this dream, he is  assumed “to menace all mankind in turn” and feared to become a prince who is cruel,  ungodly, and reckless.  In reality, ominous incidents do take place. The sun turns  scarlet, the eclipse, the hail, and rivers of blood all seem to be evidence enough for King 
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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.

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