That Was Long

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"Segismundo's exchanges with Clotaldo and Basilio reveal what he has made of the law. Educated in the principles of sovereignty, he is well aware of the "rights" he enjoys through "natural law." The "grandeur" of power is something he possesses by right; Basilio, in assuming the authority to grant or deny this right, has acted as a "tyrant." Segismundo's knowledge of the law allows him to understand that he has been injured. He realizes he could call his father to account for denying him not only his patrimony, but also the most fundamental of human liberties. His understanding is, however, dangerously one-sided, in that he does not recognize limitation of any kind on his own conduct. In threatening to kill Clotaldo with his own hands he casts aside any sense of justice to satisfy his personal anger, in suggesting that Basilio has released him only because old age and senility forbid the old king from continuing to govern, he assumes that others act, as he does, to serve their own desires and interests" (Rupp)

Ok, so in this quote Rupp is saying that Segismundo originally reacts to people in a hostile way because he only knows that people have been hostile towards him and he thinks you can do whatever you feel like? I understand from part of the other online article that locking Segismundo in the tower had taken his free will away and had caused him to go crazy when presented with both free will and freedom. However, is it also caused by because once he learns who his father really is, he believes he could do harm to others to satisfy himself because his father had done harm to him to satisfy himself?

I liked in this article the comparisons between The Tempest and Life is a Dream. I definately didn't see all the connections when I originally read both plays. 




Derek Tickle said:

This seems so true!

Take someone who committed a crime and then release them into society. We would think that that person, depending on the crime, would react in the same manner that he committed.

I think Segismundo has been "trained" to not know anything other than being treated like a prisoner. I think that it takes a long quote in order to explain the pain that Segismundo has and how terrible the treatment is.

Good Quote!

james lohr said:

Humans are animals. Typically people act the way they have been trained to act. The abused becomes an abuser, the son of a drunk becomes a drunk. It's sad but there is more to us than the we would like to think. Free will only comes at us from a sort of tunnel vision, we see what we think we are capable of, and make our choices as such. I saw Segismundo as being someone who opened their field of vision and was therefore able to overcome all that he had been taught that had made him a tyrant in the beginning of the story.

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