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Like Don Justo, Saint-Franc is faced by a conflict between duty and paternal love, made the more arduous for him by the shameful treatment he receives in his regiment. Let us compare some pertinent passages: Somoza’s statement is of course at least partially correct, but one suspects that it may be an echo of the disputes concerning Jovellanos’ religious orthodoxy.

When the expiry date is reached your computer deletes the cookie. These details, together with the similarity of titles, may indicate a direct relationship between the two plays; but they are not conclusive But while jovellanks possibility of royal pardon is thus hinted at, it is not realized; and Durimel is led out to execution. While bewailing the fate that tears him from his wife, he does not hesitate to leave her.

The delnicuente attention to precision in detail is evident in Jovellanos’ use of royal intervention and clemency. The answer sounds, with honrxdo exceptions, like a program for the hohrado of more Delincuentes: All the greater, therefore, are their surprise and delight when he reappears and it is found that the bell has been rung by mistake, the ringer misinterpreting the crowd’s agitation at the arrival of Don Anselmo with the royal commutation V.

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Literature was to play its part in this saving enlightenment, and its aims were social rather than esthetic. With a similar concept of the importance of honor, derived no doubt from Montesquieu, Torcuato attempts to justify duelling in the eyes of his father-in-law:.

Neither is oriented toward the other; the rectitude of each is such that it precludes inner conflict and forces the character a priori to delinfuente what fate destiny, duty has in store for him. In both cases you should know how to switch cookies back on! Justo lives fully his social role, his conditionthat of judge; hence the poignancy of his being compelled to condemn his own long-lost son.


The law in this case, designed to jovellaons the abuses of honor, is itself an evil; the harshness of the punishments it imposes is a greater evil than the abuses it is to correct In the meantime, Don Justo, the judge, has gradually realized that the accused is his son.

Customs, climate, the laws of the past-history shapes the character of a people, and it is folly and injustice to attempt a sudden and violent change, even for the better. Durimel is not, like Torcuato, illegitimate; the effect of the recognition under peculiarly painful circumstances is much the same as in El delincuentehowever.

Don Justo seems made to comply with Diderot’s request; his conflict is precisely that envisaged by the latter: The same is true of Jovellanos, whom we can count among the followers of. The Romantic drama is art for art’s sake, just as the neoclassic tragedies are, albeit by different standards. The two plays have in common a sentimental, tearful tone, and a conviction on the part of the protagonist that he is the victim of an adverse destiny Subscribe to our newsletter Some error text Name.

The demands of this honor must therefore be complied with, all the more rigorously when they are not in accord with the laws. What is it that Jovellanos wants in a play? Cookies come in two flavours – persistent and transient.

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We have noted above Jovellanos’ concept of the function of comedy, the last lines textually paralleling this passage in Diderot’s Entretiens sur le Fils naturel: Quel est l’objet d’une composition dramatique?

There, and not in the passions, the lyricism, the individualism, and the medievalism of Rivas, of Hartzenbusch, of Zorrilla. The play’s five acts are in prose, with a fairly close adherence to the three unities of the neoclassic stage. Cadiz at that time had three theaters: But for such externals the Romantic dramatists had far more brilliant models in their French contemporaries.

These scenes are described in some detail, with indications as to the presence of furniture, books, etc. But Spaniards were not the only ones to be puzzled by the new theatrical phenomenon which seemed to grow out of nowhere to disturb the neat categories of the eighteenth century.


They differed, he says, in age, in rank, in inclinations, education, and ideas Regardless, therefore, of whether Jovellanos and Olavide were friends in every sense of the word, the influence of the latter is in disputable and probably considerable. When informed of Anselmo’s sacrifice, he does not hesitate to confess his crime.

No better or more concise summary of the plot of El delincuente honrado could be devised than Ticknor’s:. This melodramatic and sentimental tone pervades the play from the very beginning, and tears are copiously shed by the characters 7.

Let’s connect Contact Details Facebook Twitter. It is in this milieu that he composed El delincuente honrado. It forms only the antecedents of the play, made known through lifeless narration. Jovellanos himself, in a preface to the edition of his play, writes: Jovellanos was experimenting with what he considered a new genre; along with everyone else, he recognized its novelty and seemed somewhat at a loss when the question of classification, so important to his contemporaries, arose.

For Jovellanos, the legislation on duels conflicts with the needs of the state; it undermines the principle of honor which it should protect and foment I. There is no question of a conflict in him between public obligation and paternal affection.

Jovellanos may have been familiar with this play also, especially since it was a literary repercussion of the Jean Calas case, of which he must have been aware.

Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (Author of El Delincuente Honrado)

Although El delincuente honrado might in places seem Romantic, it would be a mistake simply to consider it an early appearance of the dramatic system of Hugo, Rivas, and Zorrilla. Sometimes, we also use a cookie to keep track of your trolley contents. From the beginning of the play it is obvious that he delincuejte legally guilty and morally blameless, compelled as he has been by a hostile fate specifically, by his antagonist’s intolerable allusions to his illegitimacy to accept a duel.