The Indian Emperor

By Taylor Reddin

The Indian Emperor by John Dryden, was wrote during the baroque age. I found information about this play in our text book, The Western Humanities on page four hundred twenty nine, and on the internet on Wikipedia.  Drydens play was about the conflict of love and honor in a kingdom. The Indian Emperor  was first published by Henry Herringman in 1665.

The Indian Emperor is considered to be a heroic drama. The character, Montezuma, in this play refuse to save his kingdom for personal reasons. He then orders Cortez to turn his back on his lover because of his orders. Cortez does so, knowing the kings orders aren’t going to work.

This play takes place in Montezumas kingdom, and fighting with the Spainiards.  The Spainards torture Montezuma and later he commits suicide towards the end of the play. There was some foreshadowing when Cortez first got his orders from his king, and he thought that it wasn’t going to be worth leaving his lover, and he thought that the king’s ideas weren’t going to work.

Dryden brings in another main character Francisco Pizarro to be the villain, he also showed the Spaniards as being mean, cruel, and dangerous.  Dryden made Cortez to be the somewhat hero, he made him to be open-minded, and brilliant.

The Indiana Emperor was wrote as a follow up to Dryden’s, The Indian Queen. Sometimes The Indian Emperor is referred to as the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards. On the days of the show Dryden would first introduce his audience members to what had happen in The Indian Queen, and gave them a little bit of insight as to what to expect with The Indian Emperor.

I personally like the idea of this play. In some ways I can see how it applies to stuff that happens in present day. Sometimes we have to sacrifice stuff to do things that we don’t always want to do, and sometimes we loose what’s important to us. And then other times we are the one in charge asking others to part with the people or things that they cherish or love the most, and we then realize we were wrong, but by then most of the time it’s too late.


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