Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Aucto XVI of the Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea: A Route Back to Comedy?

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2007), 84, (5), 545–552.

Abstract

Aucto XVI of the Tragicomedia contains a conversation between Melibea's parents in the course of which the question of her marriage arises. Pleberio in particular seems to be a forward-looking and concerned parent who even raises the possibility that their daughter might be consulted as to who her future husband might be (Melibea's mother, however, regards the whole question as premature and ironically refers to her daughter's innocence and immaturity). Marriage to Calisto would represent a 'route back to comedy'; but Melibea responds angrily to her parents' discussion and appears to rule out any such 'happy ending'. It is argued that this attitude comes from her excessive adherence to the conventions of courtly love, which see marriage as incompatible with true love: she is obsessed by literary models and regards them as more important that the prospect of happiness in 'real' life.

En el aucto XVI de la Tragicomedia, se produce una conversación entre los padres de Melibea, en la que se plantea el asunto del matrimonio de la joven. Pleberio se muestra como un padre bondadoso y precavido, e incluso plantea la posibilidad de que consulten a Melibea sobre su futuro marido. Sin embargo, la madre de Melibea rechaza cualquier discusión sobre el tema, refiriéndose irónicamente a la inocencia y inmadurez de su hija. El casamiento de Melibea con Calisto representaría una 'vuelta a la comedia', pero Melibea reacciona airadamente a las palabras de sus padres y descarta un desenlace feliz pata esta unión. Se apunta que esa actitud proviene de una extrema adhesión a las convenciones del amor cortés, según las cuales el matrimonio es incompatible con el amor verdadero: Melibea se muestra obsesionada con los modelos literarios, para ella más importantes que la perspectiva de felicidad en la vida real.

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