The Poem of the Cid: Dual Language Edition Topics for Discussion

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Research the life of the real Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. Compare and contrast the story told in "The Poem of the Cid" with historical accounts of the Cid's life.

Why is it important that the Cid sends fully armored horses as gifts to King Alfonso? Why are these gifts more appropriate than gifts of riches might be?

Consider the importance of the Cid's decision not to cut his beard. What does this long beard symbolize? Why do some find the beard offensive?

Discuss the relationship between King Alfonso's sons and the Cid's daughters. Why do the boys believe, at first, their marriage is a good idea? Why do they decide to leave their wives?

Compare and contrast King Alfonso and the Cid. In what ways are they similar? How are they different?

Discuss the punishment of King Alfonso's sons for their treatment of the...

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