el juego de palabras - play on words, pun (e.g., vv. 3301-2)
el desenlace - ending, denoument of a literary work (desenlace feliz
= "happy ending", desenlace trágico = "tragic ending")
el honor, la honra - honor (i.e, one's reputation, the way one is
seen by others; honor is of utmost importance in Spanish society here and
later, for example in the literature of the Golden Age, the 16th and 17th
el infante (la infanta) - prince (not "infant"); usually someone of
royal (or very noble) blood, but not a príncipe or crown prince)
The first scene deals with a lion. What might the lion represent, or what
are some reasons for this episode being included?
The footnotes (e.g., #81) explain how for the Arabs --especially the
Almorávides-- the conflict with the Christians is a Holy War, a crusade
(crusada). Is the Cid portrayed as engaging in a crusade? Why or why not?
The last lines on p. 33 refer to "una técnica perfectamente
dramática" seen on the following pages (the scene with the Cid and
his men in a type of courtroom setting). Why or how is this so?
In the series of challenges and replies, the Cid has his subordinates challenge
and subsequently fight the infantes. Why doesn't he do it himself?
Compare/contrast the opening scenes of the poem and the concluding lines.
In your opinion, what is/are the main idea(s) in the poem?
What is the most frequently used assonance in the final cantar? Write out
two lines (or more) of verse in the style of the CMC using this assonance.
For class sessions, be prepared to:
Ask questions about anything you don't understand.
Summarize in Spanish the plot (argumento) of the work assigned for the day.
Offer observations about aspects of literary style, structure, character
development/portrayal, themes, symbols, interpretation, etc.