Life is a Dream

by

Pedro Calderón de la Barca

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Clarín Character Analysis

Clarín is Rosaura’s servant. Clarín is incredibly talkative, as his name—which is derived from the word clarion, or trumpet—suggests, and he frequently interrupts to tell jokes or offer insightful humor. He accompanies Rosaura from Muscovy to Poland to restore her lost honor, and he is with Rosaura when she discovers Segismundo at the secret prison. Segismundo is especially fond of Clarín, and he is the only one Segismundo does not threaten to kill. Near the end of the second act, Clotaldo imprisons Clarín for knowing Clotaldo’s secret identity as Rosaura’s father, but Clarín escapes when the rebelling commoners mistake him for Segismundo and break him out of the cell. He is killed near the end of the play during the uprising while attempting to hide from the violence of battle. Clarín serves as the play’s comic relief and represents loyalty and honor. Despite his silliness, Clarín is dedicated to Rosaura and is often the voice of reason.

Clarín Quotes in Life is a Dream

The Life is a Dream quotes below are all either spoken by Clarín or refer to Clarín. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Thrift Editions edition of Life is a Dream published in 2012.
Act One Quotes

Segismundo, if you know
that your misfortunes are so great
that you died before you were born
because of a heavenly law; if you know
that these shackles are a bridle to your arrogant
fury to keep it in check,
and reins to call it to a halt,
why do you brag? Guards, lock
the door to this cramped prison;
hide him within it.

Related Characters: Clotaldo (speaker), Segismundo, Rosaura/Astraea, Clarín
Page Number: 9
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Act Three Quotes

I know you by now, I know you by now,
and I know that you do the same thing
to everyone who falls asleep.
For me there is no more pretense,
because, now undeceived,
I know perfectly well that LIFE IS A DREAM.

Related Characters: Segismundo (speaker), Rosaura/Astraea, Clarín
Page Number: 63
Explanation and Analysis:
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Clarín Character Timeline in Life is a Dream

The timeline below shows where the character Clarín appears in Life is a Dream. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One
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Rosaura and her servant, Clarín, are flying high over an unknown mountain range on a hippogriff when the beast unexpectedly... (full context)
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...been kind to her, although she understands that it is her fate to be unhappy. Clarín interrupts. He reminds her that there are two of them, and he is certainly unhappy,... (full context)
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As Rosaura and Clarín move closer to the building, they hear a man, Segismundo, crying inside. “Ah, woe is... (full context)
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...same basic right God has given to the birds, beasts, and fish. Rosaura whispers to Clarín, and Segismundo, overhearing their chatter, demands to know who is there. They step forward, and... (full context)
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...closer, he orders the guards to kill the intruders at once. Clotaldo informs Rosaura and Clarín that they have violated a royal decree by entering the prison. He demands their weapons... (full context)
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...to cry from the other side, lamenting his imprisonment and lack of freedom. Rosaura and Clarín beg for their lives, but Clotaldo can’t be swayed. He again orders the guards to... (full context)
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...if that means Clotaldo himself will be killed as punishment. As Clotaldo leads Rosaura and Clarín out of the secret prison, he can’t decide who has the greater misfortune. (full context)
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...for their prince. As Astolfo, Estrella, and the people exit, Clotaldo enters with Rosaura and Clarín. Clotaldo immediately asks to speak with Basilio, and Basilio can sense that something is wrong.... (full context)
Act Two
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Clarín enters, and Clotaldo is reminded that Rosaura is definitely a woman. Clarín says that Rosaura... (full context)
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...Astolfo, but he is distracted as Estrella enters the room. She greets Segismundo warmly, and Clarín introduces her as Segismundo’s cousin. Segismundo asks if he may kiss Estrella’s hand, which upsets... (full context)
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...that he will show her how much of a monster he really is and orders Clarín to leave the room. Rosaura is frightened and is convinced she is about to die,... (full context)
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Clotaldo, Clarín, and two servants enter, and Clotaldo orders Clarín seized and locked up. Clarín asks why,... (full context)
Act Three
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Clarín sits alone, held captive in an enchanted tower. He is being punished for what he... (full context)
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Suddenly, Clarín hears the sounds of drums and people shouting outside. They are making their way into... (full context)
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...is calling his name, and the soldiers look at Segismundo and then back again to Clarín. Who, the soldiers ask, is the real Segismundo? Segismundo confirms that he is the real... (full context)
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As Clotaldo and Rosaura exit, trumpets sound and Segismundo enters with Clarín and a group of soldiers. Moments later, Clarín points to Rosaura as she re-enters wearing... (full context)
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...of drums announces an attack on the palace, and the men begin to fight. As Clarín runs to hide, Basilio enters with Clotaldo and Astolfo, retreating from the fighting. Basilio’s men... (full context)
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Clarín falls dead to the ground, and Basilio claims that it is God’s will. Clotaldo tells... (full context)