Intertextuality In Camino Real

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Camino Real is a play written by Tennessee Williams during the 1950s. The play tells the story of an optimistic boxer named Kilroy who enters the town of Camino Real with his championship belt and golden gloves. The city of Camino Real is run by a dictatorship that does not allow its people to leave. People are often killed by the city’s street cleaners who both conduct the dirty work of the government and clear the streets of dead bodies. Esmeralda, the Gypsy’s daughter, sees Kilroy then selects him to be her champion, but he runs away. Kilroy is beaten by the street cleaners and his heart literally removed out of his body. In the end, Kilroy leaves the city with Quixote. This play was a quick read, however, there were several instances where I found myself going back to reread the chapters that I did not understand. The plot was perhaps the most difficult part of the play to understand. I had an issue with the ending because Quixote appeared like a dues ex machina and left with Kilroy. After reading the play, I was left questioning what I had read. Similar to Waiting for Godot, I was left with more questions than answers after reading the play. Something that I noticed is that intertextuality is heavily present in the play. For example, the play includes characters from other well-known works of literature such as Esmeralda from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Marguerite from Alexandre Dumas’s Camille, and Gutman from Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. I
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