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Life is a Dream

  • 'Life is a Dream'. National Classical Theatre Company © Ministerio de Cultura

    'Life is a Dream'. National Classical Theatre Company © Ministerio de Cultura

  

Category

Dramatic literature, Theatre

Date

1635

Original title

La vida es sueño

Calderón de la Barca's masterpiece, considered to be one of the best Spanish plays of all times, in which the author reflects on freedom and predestination.

Calderón de la Barca's masterpiece, premiered in 1635 and published a year later, in which the author reflects on freedom as opposed to destiny.

This philosophical comedy in three acts deals with the most transcendental issues at the time: the longing for freedom, precariousness of human life, seen as just a dream, the power of individual will as opposed to destiny, and scepticism, amongst many other concerns.

The plot is about the story of Segismundo, who is banished by his father Basilio, King of Poland, because a prophecy said that he would end up rebelling against him. The play focuses on the attitude of the protagonist towards life, love, his actions and reflections.

  

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