Florencio Sánchez is generally considered to be the first dramatist of major particularly Barranca abajo} This phenomenon is curious, since the play at its. Barranca Abajo. LF. Logan Falley. Updated 13 September Transcript. Un analysis de la obra de Florencio Sanchez. “Barranca Abajo” Florencio Sánchez 1. Barranca abajo es la historia de decadencia y de aniquilamiento de una familia. DON ZOILO.

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It immediately tells the audience of Robusta’s death and is a constant reminder of Zoilo’s loss.

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When Don Zoilo discovers this affair, his honour is greatly offended and he makes plans for the family to leave with immediate effect. We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies. Estrangement and suicide result. Cecilia rated it really liked it Jun 08, The creative possibilities of dramatic literature were thus increased immeasurably. I sanchz, of course, that gauchophiles will find it even more difficult to accept the notion of a mentally exhausted Don Zoilo than the possibility of a suicidal criollo.

In this new scheme of things the characters’ movements and the use of stage objects passed from the domain of the acting company to that of the author.

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The scenic arrangement of Barranca abajo reveals not only his mastery of the techniques of the modern sanchsz but also the highly structured nature of his original approach to dramatic art. The bed, stripped bare and left to sanitize in the sun, imposes itself as an object with an expressive function 5.


Paralleling the pattern of the opening act and echoing its significance, the closing act begins with the women involved in discussion, while Don Barrancca is again a mute and menacing presence:. Tessy rated it did not like it Oct 23, They are readying themselves to abandon Zoilo, and he is preparing to hang himself; all are making the last arrangements to carry out a decision to leave, to break the final bond, and in so doing to escape from the tragic grasp of their oppressive relationship.

To ask other readers questions about Barranca abajoplease sign up. Within each act there is an absolute continuity of time whereas between abwjo acts time is discontinuous.

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Events which are not pertinent to the principal action of self-assertion are made to occur between the acts. Not only is the dialogue colloquially accurate, the stage directions carefully planned, and the settings pictorially defined, but -most significantly- the pattern of action is masterfully designed so as to raise the plight of an ordinary criollo to the noble dimension of tragedy.

The familiar three-act pattern is therefore not causal, but expository; the effect is documentary. Don Zoilo, in complete mastery of the new situation, makes a most commanding entrance-on horseback:. Aura es el viejo Zoilo, como dicen todos.

The principal action concerns the protagonist’s repeated assertion of self in his various efforts to retain his patriarchal position. One might think of the play’s opening: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The protagonist is literally beaten down. His protagonist does not suddenly decide to kill himself; he resolutely searches for a final solution.


Although the continued theatrical success of the work has generated numerous reviews, the literary composition has been studied only in a most cursory fashion. The final deed must be understood as the only voluntary solution remaining to the hero who has repeatedly failed. Not only does his unexpected silence alter the course of stage events, even his limited physical movements are used as attention-focusing devices.

Representation and dialogue are complimentary signs. He has lost his ancestral estate through an accumulation of debt and being the victim of new legislation. A proud patriarch without a patriarchy, Zoilo prepares for his final attempt at self-assertion: The mere physical presence of man and object serves a semiological function more potent and direct than any verbal sign. Evidently, the parallelism of the observations and their graded quality are designed to direct attention toward the psychic evolution of the protagonist.

Finally, his youngest daughter dies, and in desperation and solitude sbajo seeks an end to his own life.

The plot, organized in three acts, is essentially expository.