Two Spanish Dramas
Compares the theme of honor in Lope de Vega’s Fuente Ovejuna & in Tirso de Molina’s “The Trickster of Seville.” Common characteristics & differences.
The theme of honor lies at the heart of Lope de Vega’s Fuente Ovejuna and Tirso de Molina’s The Trickster of Seville. In fact, the chief protagonists of the two plays, Commendador Fernan Gomez and Don Juan possess the common sin of dishonoring young women. While they are considered honorable in aristocratic circles because of their fighting prowess or their ranking, they both abuse the high esteem or the honor generally associated with their titles. However, the issue of honor does not only involve men in aristocratic circles. For a woman, honor is associated with guarding her virginity. Yet, the connotation of the word honor also refers to the integrity of character of every individual regardless of gender or position. The comparison of these two plays will illuminate the complete definition of the word honor.