The Honor that Killed Them

Pride and honor was a great theme that controlled the characters in the play. Cortez and Cydaria couldn’t have ended up together because that wasn’t realistic. Dryden didn’t write about all the horrors that occurred during the Spanish invasion of the Aztecs, however, he did have themes that were accurate to the invasion. Honor and pride was a central theme in how the characters in the play took action. Cortez refused Cydaria’s love in the end to complete his mission of conquering the new world. His love and greed for power was much greater than the love he had for Cydaria. Montezuma’s and Almeria’s pride was too much that they refused to be slaved by Cortez so they committed suicide. Rather than have their images as strong leaders be destroyed and have their people see them powerless, they decided to kill themselves. Dryden greatly depicted the greed that the Spaniards had in conquering the Aztecs and the honor that both cultures had.

-Natalia Alvarado


2 thoughts on “The Honor that Killed Them

  1. I think the main idea that you try to focus on here is Dryden’s portrayal of leaders as those who chose honor and pride over personal pursuits, like love. Perhaps a good way to flesh out this post is maybe compare how Pizzaro is therefore evil as he is someone who falls victim to ideas of selfishness, and thus he is not a hero. Dryden seems to portray a hero as someone who does not fall prey to lust or greed. Adding character comparisons or textual evidence supporting your ideas of heroism might help this post.

    Extra Credit 5/5/2017


  2. Saying that Cydaria and Cortez ending up together would be “unrealistic” is actually very funny and interesting to me. You’re right though which is why I find it original cause I haven’t seen this. Making this longer and adding textual evidence would make this stronger.

    Rahma Kohin
    EC – 22/25


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