Barranca Abajo. LF. Logan Falley. Updated 13 September Transcript. Un analysis de la obra de Florencio Sanchez. Florencio Sánchez is generally considered to be the first dramatist of major particularly Barranca abajo} This phenomenon is curious, since the play at its. The Dramaturgy of Florencio Sánchez: An Analysis of Barranca abajo. René De Costa. Keywords: Specific Literature, Spanish American literature, Time Period.

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The psychological drama takes place in the mind of Zoilo. Many critics -undoubtedly confusing dramatic action with a preceptive notion flrencio real life- are still concerned over the fact that Aniceto, Zoilo’s faithful ahijadoin neither version succeeds in preventing the old man from hanging florenvio.

Want to Read saving…. The series of misfortunes afflicting both fathers leads ultimately to their insanity and death, and the untimely demise of the faithful daughter is the final blow for both defeated men. Rather, the action is segmented, almost episodically, into discrete dramatic units. The ensuing argument builds in intensity.

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The Dramaturgy of Florencio Sánchez: An Analysis of Barranca abajo.

The curtain goes up on yet another family quarrel. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Zoilo’s Robusta, like Lear’s Cordelia, demonstrates her filial love while the other women in the family become more distant. He started to participate in intellectual circles and the Buenos Aires night life.

The play is structured so as to represent the repeated failures at self-assertion.


A representation of an action therefore, to be truly effective, must be the result of a significant fusion of word and deed. It immediately tells the audience of Robusta’s death and is a constant reminder of Zoilo’s loss.

The play, first performed in Buenos Aires inand revived with almost perennial regularity, has proven itself to be an extremely successful piece of theater. Bethany rated it liked it Feb 22, By Act III, the old criollo ‘s position has so eroded that he can only acquiesce when his family actually does abandon him.

Don Zoilo’s family refuses to mend its ways. Events which are not pertinent to the principal action of self-assertion are made to occur between the acts.

The plot, organized in three acts, is essentially expository. Barranca abajohis best known tragedy, is unquestionably an extraordinary work. The creative possibilities of dramatic literature were thus increased immeasurably. Rutherford, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Other props in the play have a similarly active role because of the forceful way in which they generate an expectation for certain kinds of action. La gringa ; and, Barranca abajo.

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I realize, of course, that gauchophiles will floerncio it even more difficult to accept the notion of a mentally exhausted Don Zoilo than the possibility of a suicidal criollo. That the Uruguayan created in Don Zoilo a criollo version of the Lear legend is quite possible; that the dramatist saw in the voluntary death of the king a theatrical antecedent for the patriarch’s suicide seems most probable.

In Act II the enemy is within; the commissioner and abzjo cohort have already established a liaison with the younger women of the family.

To view it, click here. Old Zoilo -enraged over his own impotence midway through the play- reacts at the end to the death of Robusta much like Lear to that of his daughter. Zoilo has yet to say anything. At this point it is well sancyez ask if it is more than just a coincidence that flkrencio is also the familiar pattern of Shakespeare’s King Lear. At the opening of the second act, the family has recently arrived in the rural backlands, and in the new homestead, the aging criollo seems rejuvenated, a restored image of his patriarchal self.


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The second act concludes in a similarly hermetic fashion with the betrothal of the tubercular Robusta and Aniceto. Repeated patterns of action have the power to cause an observer reader, public, characters to take special notice of whatever differs from the norm.

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He frequently accepted advances for plays which he had not yet finished or begun writing, and he sometimes wrote plays hurriedly, giving them away without final revisions.

Representation and dialogue are complimentary signs. Iggy rated it really liked it Mar 04, Apr 25, Nellie K. It is in the final scene of the Shakespearean tragedy that Lear, with the dead Cordelia in his arms, goes into a death swoon.

A literary parallel in King Lear may help to clarify the lingering problem of the socially-oriented critics.