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What is the primary theme of El Cid?    

One of the abiding themes of the poem is loyalty. Despite his unjust treatment at the hands of King Alfonso, banished from Castile on trumped-up charges of corruption, El Cid still maintains...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018 9:43 am UTC

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What trick did the Cid play on the Jews? Why did the Infantes of Carreon marry the Cid's daughters? Why did the two...

In the great Castilian epic poem El Cantar de mio Cid (The Song of My Cid), composed in the twelfth or the thirteenth century by an unknown author, the main character, El Cid, loses favor with King...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 5:06 pm UTC

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What are some good quotes found in the poem "El Cid"?

Good quotes from El Cantar del Mio Cid illustrate the character of El Cid and the themes of the poem, like honor, loyalty, and the relationship between the king and El Cid. El Cid restores his...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2017 3:59 pm UTC

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In the epic poem "El Cid", why it is so important to the main character to buy his way back into his lord’s...

"The Poem of El Cid" follows a traditional pattern of traditional poetry common in world literature. In this tradition, loyalty is an all-important character trait, and by persevering to...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2008 1:59 am UTC

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Why did El Cid not shave his beard?  

The Poem of El Cid takes place during the make or break medieval society of King Alfonso. These were the years of the Reconquering of Spain by the Moors, making the chivalry class of knights...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2013 7:52 pm UTC

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What do we know about Apollin, one of the Islamic images in the Poem of El Cid?  He is mentioned in chapters 187 and...

The only copy of Cantar del mio Cid I have has only 152 chapters in three cantos, and although there are two Moors mentioned whose names begin with "A" I found no mention of an Apollin or any...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2009 4:05 pm UTC

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The poet of The Lay of the Cid focuses on loyalty, integrity, and honor. Is there a difference in how the author...

In The Lay of the Cid, the author is concerned with the meaning of honor, integrity, and loyalty. In the poem, however, none of the religious groups are upheld as automatically honorable because of...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 1:51 am UTC

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Where in the book is El Cid considered to be honorable and respected?

The Spanish knight called El Cid was banished by King Alfonso VI. After this, El Cid became determined to restore his honor and be respected by the king again. He goes on to show a lot of strength...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020 7:36 pm UTC

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Why would El Cid have been considered a good vassal?

El Cid was a good vassal because he was a successful military commander and that is in essence what feudalism was, a system of military organization. However, there are other characteristics which...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2007 10:23 am UTC

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What is the best way to describe the relationship between the lords and vassals in the poem El Cid? 

The best way to describe the relationship between the lords and vassals in the epic poem El Cid is that both are bound by reciprocal duty and obligations. The vassal owes his lord deference or...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019 7:38 pm UTC

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What is the difference between the Cid and typical Greek epic poetry? El Cantar de Mio Cid, or The Lay of the Cid

The most distinguishing differences between the epic poem El Cantar de Mio Cid (or The Lay of the Cid ) and classic Greek epics are the date of composition, identity of the heroes and the...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2010 12:16 am UTC

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When was the El Cid poem written? What year?

From the Catholic Encyclopedia: The date of its composition has long been a disputed question. Many critics whose names must be mentioned with respect, among them Dozy and Ticknor, place it at the...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2007 1:32 am UTC

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Are there any examples of realism in the poem El Cid?

There are many examples of realism, a form of writing characterized by representation of things as they really are, in El Cid.In line 375, a painful farewell is unflinchingly described, "They...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2007 5:10 pm UTC

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Who is El Cid's wife?

Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (c. 1043–1099), known as the medieval Spanish knight and warlord "El Cid," married Jimena (Ximena) Díaz (c.1046–1116) between July of 1074 and May of 1076. Jimena was the...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2020 3:54 pm UTC

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How is El Cid a neo-classical play?

Neoclassicism is an "embodied a group of attitudes toward art and human existence--ideals of order, logic, restraint, accuracy, "correctness," "restraint," decorum,...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2007 10:49 am UTC

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In which lines is the theme of honor most seen from the Cid?

The theme of honor runs throughout the Song of My Cid. While his ignoble, illegitimate birth meant he was initially a man without honor, the Cid was able to gain it through his actions. An injury...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019 5:27 am UTC

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Cual es el nombre completo de Rodrigo?

As far as I know, the complete name of Rodrigo is Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. It is also spelled Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar at times. Sometimes he is called Ruy Diaz de Vivar also. The nickname "El Cid"...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2010 2:38 am UTC

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What kind of things did El Cid do when he was bored?

I'm not quite sure what you're looking for since much of the El Cid story has been derived from less than factual accountings created by poets and other sorts trying to idealize this man born as...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009 5:50 am UTC

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