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What does this play tell you about the nature of Spanish society, about its values, social mores, expectations, political culture?

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Social History of Spain and Portugal

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First, thank you for taking on this task. Second, I need the paper by 10am tomorrow so I can have time to print it out for my class which is at 12:30. Here is the assignment:



A close reading of one of the plays assigned for the course (Life

is a Dream). What does this play tell you about the nature of Spanish society, about its values, social mores, expectations, political culture? This assignment is not a summary of the play, but an attempt to use literature as a historical source. The paper should be 6 pages or longer. Do not cite the website, cite the play.



The play, Life Is A Dream, can be found online easily. Here is one of the links to the play http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2587/2587-h/2587-h.htm.



Here is a wikipedia article about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Is_a_Dream

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Social history of Spain and Portugal: Life is a Dream, play Student: Professor: Course title: Date: Social history of Spain and Portugal: Life is a Dream, play The play Life is a Dream by Calderon De La Barca was initially published in the year 1635 at the ending of the Spanish Golden Age. This play is an intense, psychological exploration of the human being as a person/individual. It also explores the societal codes of conduct of Spain in 17th century Spanish society. The play is essentially a philosophical perspective on the importance of human existence as well as the mystery of human life. Spain experienced a considerable decline of possession and power globally during the ending of the Spanish Golden Age (Jones 12). This Spanish Empire fall would supplement and provide crucial insight in the observation as well as analysis of this play. This essay provides an analysis of what the play, Life is a Dream, says about the nature of Spanish society, its expectations, political culture, social mores, and values. In this play, the playwright demonstrates that although life is no more real than one’s sleeping stories, the Golden Rule is still applicable. Relationships and actions still have relevance, and a person’s status is defined by the opinions of the people around him or her. The play is centred on a turbulent Kingdom in Poland and was written in 1635. Basilio, who is the king of Poland, has put in prison the rightful successor to the throne, Se...


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