This paper attempts to identify the deterministic traits that are found in Historia de una escalera that Buero-Vallejo masterfully utilizes to suggest that the play is indeed anti-deterministic. The paper identifies and describes salient characteristics of Emile Zola’s (1840-1902) scientific determinism and demonstrates how these characteristics underpin the drama to emphasize the playwright’s theme postulated in Historia de una escalera, that is, life in general is not governed by scientific determinism.

Bio Note

Dr. Victor Duran is Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Although his field of concentration is Latin American Literature with emphasis on the contemporary novels of Latin America, he is also interested in Spanish Peninsular Literature and has written on this specific subject.