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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Dias en Da Gama, Van Wyk Louw en Camões (her)besoek : original research

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
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Abstract

Alhoewel Bartolomeus Dias die eerste Portugese ontdekker was wat om die suidelikste kaap van Afrika geseil het, neem hy in die wêreldgeskiedenis 'n geringe plek in. Sy landgenoot Vasco da Gama het, deur ook om die Kaap te vaar, die eerste seevaarder geword om die Ooste te bereik. Nieteenstaande Dias se geringer prestasie, het N.P. van Wyk Louw verkies om 'n radiodrama oor die gedeelte van Dias se vaart om die Suid-Afrikaanse kus te skryf. Daarteenoor is die geskiedenis van Da Gama se vaart in 'n epiese gedig deur Luís Vaz de Camões opgeteken in sy (1572), of . Die vraag wat ek wil beantwoord, gaan oor die plek en belang wat die dramaturg in (1952) aan temas heg wat teruggevoer kan word tot kanto 5 van (1572). Ek neem aan dat die twee tekste met mekaar vergelyk kan word op grond van die teenwoordigheid van die mitiese karakter Adamastor in albei. Soos in (1572) neem Adamastor in (1952) die vorm aan van 'n storm. My gevolgtrekking is dat albei tekste, ondanks verskillende oorspronge, 'n allegoriese en 'n nasionale aard vertoon. Die verskillende oorspronge maak dit moontlik om 'n hersiene interpretasie van (1952) te gee.


Although he was the first Portuguese explorer who rounded the southernmost cape of Africa, world history does not herald Bartholomew Dias as an important figure. His compatriot Vasco da Gama was the first mariner who reached the Orient by navigating around the Cape. Despite Dias's relative historical unimportance, N.P. van Wyk Louw preferred to write a radio play about him and his journey around the South African coast. Luís Vaz de Camões, on the other hand, wrote an epic poem about da Gama's journey, which he titled (1572), or The sons of Portugal. The question I set out to answer, relates to the position and importance that the playwright of (1952) attaches to themes in Canto 5 of (1572). I assume that the two can be compared due to the presence of the mythical character Adamastor in both. As in (1572), Adamastor takes the form of a storm in (1952). I conclude that, in spite of different origins, both texts are allegorical and national in character. The differences in origin inspired a revised reading of (1952).

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