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Le Cid

All answers pertain to the play, Le Cid:

1. Does this play display verisimilitude by displaying each of its three components (reality, morality, and universality)?

2. Is this play "regular"? Meaning, does it have the proper characteristics for its genre and avoid mixing genres.

3. Does this play follow the rule of decorum?

4. Does this play fulfill the dual function of theatre?

5. Does the play have the proper number of acts?

6. Does the play follow the three unities? (Unity of time, unity of place, and unity of action).

7. Overall, how well do you think this play meets the neoclassical ideal?

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1. Does this play display verisimilitude by displaying each of its three components (reality, morality, and universality)?

The play does not display verisimilitude in terms of reality, morality, and universality. For example, reality is undermined. Please consider how realistic is it for a war, murder, and marriage to occur within a day's span. Probability was depicted very unlikely in this play. A lack of morality also characterizes it. Please note when Roderigue kills Chimène's father but is then married with her immediately after the fact. As a result, due to the lack of these factors, the universality factor and appeal is not as high as in other typical neoclassical pieces.

2. Is this play "regular"? Meaning, does it have the proper characteristics ...

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