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Title: The cave (La caverna -1952-1969) by Josep Palau i Fabre: theatre versus philosophical allegory in order both to perform and stop the tragic and dark end of the bright art of thinking
Author: Gilabert Barberà, Pau
Keywords: Tradició clàssica
Mite de la caverna (Al·legoria)
Teatre català
Palau i Fabre, Josep, 1917-2008
Classical tradition
Plato's cave (Allegory)
Catalan drama
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: What is the use of representing in performance the image of the cave from book VII of Plato’s Republic? Josep Palau i Fabre considers that in Plato’s dialogues the speakers are mere instruments at the service of his dialectical purpose. The aim of this article is to show how, by turning the myth into a tragedy and relying on Heraclitus’s conflict or war of opposites, the playwright succeeds in favouring a sort of thought which is not one-sided or univocal. On the contrary, in Palau i Fabre’s La Caverna, the tragic hero, the released prisoner transformed by the light of Reality and finally killed by his “cavemates” –after having been imprisoned again and having tried to rescue them from their ignorance or shadows– still leaves them his powerful experience of the agonistikós thought, which might bear fruit in their life to come.
Note: Versió en anglès del document publicat a: Anuari de Filologia. Antiqua et Medieualia (Anu. Filol. Antiq. Medieualia), 1/2011, pp. 27-42.
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