Three dramatic works of Rene Marques: a record of crisis in Puerto Rican identity
Dooley, Mary Craig
Boorman, Joan Rea
Master of Arts
René Marqués, a contemporary Puerto Rican dramatist, lives in the chaotic social and cultural atmosphere of present-day Puerto Rico, a time when old traditions are crumbling, belief in the established faiths are suffering attacks of doubt, and the rise of the industrialized economy is creating an atmosphere o£ widespread alienation and confusion. Marqués has not been exempt from the influence of this instability in social conditions which he continuously expresses in his writings. In Chapter 1, this thesis attempts to establish the general tone of the works of Marqués and to examine his situation as a writer. I have taken the liberty of choosing for general critical analysis three works which I consider characteristic of his dramatic production. They are: carreta, La muerte no entrara en palacio, and üri niño azul para esa sombra, and are dealt with in consecutive chapters. Chapter 4 is an attempt to discover some pattern to the conclusions Marqués has developed through his life experiences as a dramatist and as a Puerto Rican, and to define the solution which Marqués advances to dispel the disunity present in his country. Basically, it appears, he feels that Puerto Ricans need to regain a sense of nationhood by completely severing ties with the United States, and by returning to the life-giving land.