Gracioso

Definition

Theater

  • A popular character in Spanish drama of the Golden Age. A comicservant who was used as a vehicle for satire and intrigue, Graciosocorresponded loosely to the fool of the Elizabethan stage. The characterderived from Bobo, the clown of Lope de Rueda's pasos, orshort farcical interludes. In Lope de Vega's works the sharp-wittedGracioso was used to burlesque or parody the activities of his master.In the comedies of Augustin de Moroto (1618 - 69), his main function wasto create complicated intrigues and a sense of mounting confusion.
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