Life Is The Reality You Choose
On Calderon's "La vida es sueño"
"La vida es sueño"
Themes in Calderon's work:
Dogma: "La vida es sueno" autos sacramentales, meaning a sacramental play; Calderon lived a very religious life; this play can be looked at through nonreligious lens because of its idea of choosing how you want to live your life (dogmas being empirical), however this idea of freedom (and inconsistency of ethics) was very common in Spain during Calderon's time
Illusion vs Reality: theatre itself is an illusion of reality, Lope de Vega and Calderon's relationship as father-son, symbolism and mythology of Vega's poem used in "La vida es sueno"
Values of Characters (Segismund's view): The only certitude that Segismundo recognizes through his experiences of numerous awakenings, is that the reality he is in is a dream and that he may look forward to more awakenings. Having only this certitude, “Segismundo concludes that the equivocality of appearance-reality is in itself the basis for values: 'But, be it truth or dream, To act well is what matters; If it be true, because it is; If not, to win friends For when we shall awake.” Based off of this, Calderon is implying that values are important to Segismund and are something that he learns when exploring his reality
King Basilio's son, protagonist of the play
From a foreign land, Comes to find her father, befriends Segismundo
King Basilio (on right), Clotaldo (on left)
King Basilio is the king of Poland, father of Segismund, astrologer
Clotaldo works for the King, gives Segismund the drugs