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Antonio Buero Vallejo Writing Styles in The Sleep of Reason

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Setting

The Sleep of Reason takes place in Madrid during the month of December 1823, ending December 23. There are three locales in the play: the king's palace in Madrid, Goya's estate (quinta del sordo, house of the deaf), and Father Duaso's quarters in Madrid. Goya's estate and the king's palace are located across the Manzanares River from each other, close enough to be seen through a spyglass. All scenes take place inside.

Dialogue

The play has no soliloquies and almost all dialogue is between two people: Ferdinand and Caloverde, Goya and Leocadia, Leocadia and Gumersinda, Duaso and Arrieta, and so on. The dialogue's most unusual feature is that much is signed, Goya being deaf. It is, however, characters speaking to Goya who use it, and rarely Goya himself, since he is deaf but not mute. The other prominent aspect of the dialogue is that the disembodied voices are of two...

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