The expedition for a trustworthy deity in peter Shaffer’s the royal hunt of the sun
Kalpesh Dilipchandra Kansara
Shaffer’s first epic play The Royal Hunt of the Sun chiefly presents the encounter between Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador, and Atahuallpa, the Sovereign Inca of Peru. Pizarro makes an imperial expedition to Peru in search of gold and fame. This search ultimately turns into a search for immortality as Pizarro loses faith in himself as well as Christian religion. Pizarro and his Spanish army deceive and slaughter almost three thousand Incans. Pizarro meets the pagan king Atahuallpa and makes him his captive. He learns about the differences between primitive pagan religion of the Incas and Christianity, the religion he follows. Gradually, a strange bond develops between Pizarro and Atahuallpa, which later creates a dilemma for Pizarro – should he keep his promise to free Atahuallpa or kill him to save the Spaniard’s lives? Then Atahuallpa is sentenced to death but he promises his resurrection after death to Pizarro, his believer. However, when Atahuallpa fails to resurrect, Pizarro is disillusioned. Further, Pizarro admits the futility of his search for a dependable god on earth. But then in the final moments of the play, Pizarro’s character undergoes a progressive transformation. Pissarro’s hunt for gold and reputation turn out to be equally deceptive motives. Yet, at the end of the play, he realizes that he has gone hunting for a god and has caught one.
Kalpesh Dilipchandra Kansara. The expedition for a trustworthy deity in peter Shaffer’s the royal hunt of the sun. International Journal of Advanced Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 5, 2017, Pages 242-246