Life is a Dream


Pedro Calderón de la Barca

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Violante Character Analysis

Violante is a noblewoman from Muscovy and Rosaura’s mother. When Violante is young and beautiful, Clotaldo seduces her on a trip to Muscovy, stealing her honor and leaving her pregnant and alone. Before he returns to Poland, however, Clotaldo gives Violante his sword, so that his unborn son might later use it to find him. Violante, of course, gives birth to a daughter instead, and after Rosaura’s own honor is stolen by Astolfo, Violante encourages Rosaura to go to Poland and restore her lost honor. She tells Rosaura to take the sword and be seen by many noblemen. One of them, Violante says, will step forward as Rosaura’s savior. Violante hopes Rosaura will reconnect with Clotaldo, and she wants her to fight for her stolen honor, which Violante herself was never able to do.

Violante Quotes in Life is a Dream

The Life is a Dream quotes below are all either spoken by Violante or refer to Violante. 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

Heaven help me! What’s this I hear?
I still can’t decide whether what’s happening is
an illusion or reality.
This sword is the one that I
left with beautiful Violante
as a token that the man who bore it
girded to his waist would find me
as a loving son
finds an affectionate father.
So, what am I to do (woe is me!)
in a dilemma like this,
if the man who wears it for his benefit
is actually wearing it for his death,
seeing that he has surrendered to me
under sentence of death! What a singular
dilemma! What a sad fate!
What a changeable fortune!

Related Characters: Clotaldo (speaker), Rosaura/Astraea, Violante
Related Symbols: Rosaura’s Sword
Page Number: 11
Explanation and Analysis:
Act Three Quotes

I was born, so resembling her
that 1 was a portrait, a copy of her,
not in beauty
but in luck and deeds;
and so, I won’t need
to say that, an unfortunate
heiress to her lot,
I had the same as hers.
The most I can tell you
about myself is about the lord and master who has stolen
the trophies of my honor,
the remains of my good name.

Related Characters: Rosaura/Astraea (speaker), Segismundo, Clotaldo, Astolfo, Violante
Page Number: 74-5
Explanation and Analysis:
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Violante Character Timeline in Life is a Dream

The timeline below shows where the character Violante appears in Life is a Dream. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One
Fate vs. Free Will Theme Icon
Morality, Honor, and Vengeance  Theme Icon shocked and wonders if he is dreaming. He left the very same sword with Violante years before, so that his unborn son might use it to find his father.  (full context)
Act Three
Fate vs. Free Will Theme Icon
Morality, Honor, and Vengeance  Theme Icon
Rosaura tells Segismundo that she was born to a noblewoman in Muscovy. Her mother, Violante, had been very beautiful and was seduced by the compliments of a man. He promised... (full context)
Fate vs. Free Will Theme Icon
Morality, Honor, and Vengeance  Theme Icon
Astolfo has come to Poland to marry Estrella, and Rosaura is heartbroken. Violante convinced Rosaura to follow Astolfo to Poland and defend her honor, instead of letting it... (full context)