Los toros, las balas, y la castración—el dilema de la masculinidad en El caballero de Olmedo
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I like to joke that I can't take a literary analysis class without writing a sexual analysis at some point or another. Evidently, my Survey of Spanish Literature class was no exception. Early on in the semester, we were assigned the daunting task of reading El caballero de Olmedo, a short play written by Spanish playwright Lope de Vega in 1620. The play, a tragicomedy which highlights the perils of courtly love, tells the story of a love triangle between doña Ines, the coveted dame, and don Alonso and don Rodrigo, the two noblemen pursuing her. My paper, "Los toros, las balas, y la castración-el dilema de la masculinidad en El caballero de Olmedo" explores the downfalls of both men through their metaphorical castrations, in which they are stripped of their masculinities by the use of sexual imagery in the play. This effemination leads to their deaths, telling the tale of a love triangle in which at the end, nobody gets the girl.