Antonio Vallejo Buero Criticism: El SueñO De La RazóN (The Sleep Of Reason) - Essay

Criticism: El SueñO De La RazóN (The Sleep Of Reason)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Herzberger, David K. “The Painterly Vision of Buero Vallejo's El sueño de la razón.Symposium XXXIX, no. 2 (summer 1985): 93-103.

[In the following essay, Herzberger maintains that the artistic metaphor in El sueño de la razón is the key to fully understanding the structural and thematic unity of the play.]

Francisco de Goya first appears in El sueño de la razón in the second scene of Act One, a scene repeated early in Act Two: the artist at work, painting. It is not a fortuitous configuration of events that advances this view of the protagonist near the beginning of each act. For painting (and the nature of art) inheres in the...

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