La Amistad En El Peligro De J. De Valdivielso

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Abstract

The play portrays the history of salvation by means of the allegory of life as a journey from Paradise back to God. Two incidents are dramatized, which share the same basic pattern of temptation, fall, repentance, and reconciliation, but are developed very differently, each becoming a short allegory. The first is rather unusual: man falls into a muddy lake, and as Christ pulls him out he falls (becomes muddy, i.e. assumes human nature) and saves man. Cleaned with the waters of baptism, he is ready to continue his pilgrimage. I explain the philological background of the allegory; its early development; and its moral content.

In the second allegory, life is a voyage by sea in the ship of the Church. It is a richly drawn picture of the psychological and moral process of man's moral lapses and reconciliation. Man is saved from drowning by Christ. I explain the origins, development and specific meaning of this allegory.

In the last part I examine the concluding banquet scene and its multifaceted meaning. It is a clear reference to the feast being celebrated, to the central place of the Eucharist in Christian life, and to the celebration of our life in heaven as a permanent banquet.

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