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The Achillean hero in the plays of Tirso de Molina.


The Achillean hero in the plays of Tirso de Molina.

Shecktor, Nina Maria.

Peter Lang Publishing Inc


127 pages



Currents in comparative Romance languages and literatures; v.44


There are certain elements of the myth of Achilles that interested Molina (1571-1648) enough to use for him to use it for his only mythological play, El Aquiles, says Shecktor (Spanish, Kutztown U.), and it is those elements that, having identified them in that early play, she traces through his later and more fully developed work. She begins by looking at the story of the Greek hero itself, both from the perspective of modern analysis and as an evolving motif from a primitive myth to its Renaissance interpretations. Then she discusses the playwright's treatment of the characters, the game, the mother figure, the young man entering adulthood, and other themes.

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Date:Aug 1, 2009
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