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Life is a Dream: Introduction
Life is a Dream: Plot Summary
Life is a Dream: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Life is a Dream: Themes
Life is a Dream: Quotes
Life is a Dream: Characters
Life is a Dream: Symbols
Life is a Dream: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Historical Context of Life is a Dream
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- Full Title: Life is a Dream
- When Written: 1635
- Where Written: Madrid, Spain
- When Published: 1636
- Literary Period: Spanish Golden Age
- Genre: Dramatic Play
- Setting: Poland
- Climax: Segismundo refuses to help Rosaura avenge her honor by killing Astolfo, thereby establishing his own honor and proving wrong the prophecy that claims Segismundo is destined to be a monster.
- Antagonist: King Basilio
- Point of View: Dramatic
Extra Credit for Life is a Dream
Rosaura Lives On. In 2016, writers Paula Rodriguez and Sandra Arpa staged an adaptation, Rosaura, based on Calderón’s character and the struggles she faces in trying to restore her lost honor.
Honor Killing. The Spanish phrase honor calderonian began with Calderón and refers to a mindless sense of honor that can force a husband to kill his wife, even if he suspects she is innocent. Through depicting such displays of honor, Calderón condemns the immoral and senseless codes of honor that were popular during the 17th century.