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ARGUMENT AND STRUCTURE: Luces de bohemia, published in the journal "Spain" in 1920 and reworked in book form in 1924, introduces a new genre of theater and literature. It is an odyssey night developed in 15 scenes that deal with frustration, death and burial of a blind poet of Bohemia, Max Estrella, "a Madrid nonsense, brilliant and hungry." / How to find the underlying theme of chronic political chaos and debauchery in the historical period of the first post-war period. / As for the argument is a series of absurd incidents that occur to the blind poet on his last night of life, unable to support his wife and daughter, is given to drink in pubs. There he begins to interact with individuals with low-class and cutting-edge artists. Incidentally, is thrust into political turmoil and is arrested, beaten and imprisoned. Witnesses the death of a child hit by a stray bullet and the shooting of a striker Catalan. Before he died, Max returns to ponder the role of the artist and intended to reflect reality as if looking into a "concave mirror" reality distorted, ridiculous and laughable. This representation of the human strains would be an imitation of nature authentically human. This "tragedy" is not "tragic" but something more preposterous, horrible and burlesque: a hollow. / As regards this grotesque structure ignores the division into acts and is composed of 15 scenes: /-A prelude: stage I /, the central body of work: Scenes II to XI, which are divided into 2 stages : Scenes II-VI (Max to stay in the dungeon with the Catalan workers) and VII-XI (from his release from prison to the death of the worker Catalan).

/-The end of the pilgrimage: Scene XII (Max returns home, his death). /-The epilogue: XIII-XV: parallelism between the last scene and I: is carried out that suicide "announced" at the beginning of the work. / Each of the scenes takes place in a different scenario, although all the "Madrid nonsense, brilliant and hungry" at the beginning of s. XX. Therefore we can say that space has narrative function. / Scene 1: Guardillón (small loft) / Scene 2: Cave of Zarathustra. / Scene 3: Taberna of Pica Lagartos. / Scene 4: Street, modernist bun shop. / Scene 5: Ministry of the Interior, "The Delegate." / Scene 6: Calabozo. / Scene 7: Writing newspaper El Popular. " / Scene 8: Secretariat particular Minister. / Scene 9: Coffee. / Scene 10: Tour of the gardens. / Scene 11: Calle de Madrid, in a poor neighborhood. / Scene 12: a doorway. / Scene 13: Viewing. / Scene 14: Courtyard of the cemetery. / Scene 15: Taberna of Pica Lagartos. / This structure is worth noting the contrast between the beginning of the play and the final on the issue of death. At first Max prelude to death ("with little money could make coal the eternal journey") and finally appears is about headlines, "The stench of a brazier. Two ladies asphyxiation" (the wife and daughter of Max). Is the theme of death and suicide that structures and structure throughout the work. / Similarly, it is also circulating Max Night Tour in Madrid, as the play begins in the home of Max (guardillón, Scene 1) and the tavern Pica Lagartos (scene 3) and ends in the same house Max, in the wake scene (scene 13) and again in the tavern Pica Lagartos (final scene).

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