Spanish and Portuguese ETDs

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The purpose of this thesis is to make a critical study of the dramas of Tamayo y Baus with a view to ascertaining whether or not the insistence on a moral tends to weak his dramas. It is the plan of the study to classify the dramas under the following heads: (1) lesser social plays based on moral proverbs, (2) more important plays distinctly social, (3) more important plays generally conceded to be free of any overt attempt to moralize, and (4) other minor plays. The plays of each of these divisions will be carefully studied and specific cases will be identified in which an attempt to secure a certain moral effect has distorted character, weakened plot, created unnatural atmosphere, or lessened the dramatic force in any other way. On the other hand, instances wherein a moral lesson is taught to the advantage of the drama will be pointed out and due credit given therefor.

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Spanish and Portuguese

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Second Committee Member

J.E. Englebirk

Third Committee Member

George St. Clair



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