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Landing On La Isla De La Inmortalidad

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Most critics maintain that Critilo and Andrenio's journey represents progress that the reader can imitate. Some assert that El Criticón is a religious work that delivers advice on how to achieve heaven. If the travelers' destination determines the meaning of their journey, the essence of "la isla de la Inmortalidad" is vital to understanding the novel. At various points, the plot line of El Criticón emphasizes the importance of endings. A harried, careless ending seems antithetical to Gracián's carefully crafted style and intricate wordplay. Mercedes Blanco admits that Andrenio fails to evolve in the pages of El Criticón, but believes that he will mature outside the scope of the novel. On the one occasion when a guide suggests to Critilo that he read a book, in this case The Odyssey, to prepare himself for the trials he is about to face in Madrid, Critilo nonetheless falls victim to Falsirena.

Keywords: Andrenio; Critilo; El Criticón; Falsirena; Gracián; la isla de la Inmortalidad; The Odyssey

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