The ending of the play in my opinion states a lot about what Dryden was attempting to deliver with this piece. For example Cortez’s valor and willingness to provide to attempt to start a relationship with Cydaria even though due to the conquest she should have been seen as simply a Mexican and nothing else shows in what light Dryden saw the spaniards. He acknowledges the fact that the conquest was a prideful nationalistic accomplishment but demonstrates their weakness by his love for Cydaria showing how Cortez is willing to fall in love with an indigenous woman. In history books Cortez is seen as a strict conquistador not capable of falling in love let alone with a native woman yet Dryden is trying to challenge the previous notion by including a more affectionate side of Cortez.They also even included a character out of history Pizarro in attempt to even further take blame away from Cortez. I believe Dryden had this in mind when writing the play and writing it in english for that matter to justify the events and bring Cortez down from this pedestal that Spain had put him on while
In the first picture of the theatre, we can see how much admiration people had for the theatre during the time. The building is incredibly big having multiple floors for seating and booths around and some even on the stage. It’s clear from the pictures how English people thought of going to the theatre as an event in itself making sure that everything is beautifully done and executed. In the second picture however we can see that the admiration for theatre wasn’t only for show but also the content and love for the arts. They were so into theatre they were willing to put on private performances in their home with friends and family.