Dramatic structures and zoomorphism in The cats by Jesus Gonzalez Davila

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Author list: Barrios AG
Publisher: University of Kansas, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Publication year: 2015
Volume number: 48
Issue number: 2
Start page: 71
End page: +
ISSN: 0023-8813
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Mexican author Jesus Gonzalez Davila shows in his Los gatos a primitive world wherein irrationality prevails and the ideals of civilization and progress are destroyed. In this dramatic representation of the slums of Mexico, children learn to act pragmatically, discarding their dreams and aspirations in order to obey their instincts. Gonzalez Davila grew up in the rugged landscape of Sabinas, Coahuila, and later worked with street children in Mexico City, an experience from which he captures in his drama the vulnerability of childhood. The play was written in the 70's and reworked in 1999, but its subject remains valid. The author retains a mysterious, poetic spirit in the representation of Mexican children, especially Polo, his iconic character. The main dramatic structures of the play are studied through the lens of Dramatol" ogy, while that of Ethology provides a zoomorphic perspective of the characters.


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