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.