Death and the Maiden. By Ariel Dorfman .. GERARDO: I hate to disagree, Roberto, but in my opinion, the death penalty has never solved any of the—. : Death and the Maiden (): Ariel Dorfman: Books. Super interesting play about power dynamics, torture, revenge, and truth. The rise and fall of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden is a subject worthy of close reading a Dorfman poem and ended with the author discussing his play.

Author: Nalrajas Nagal
Country: Ghana
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Literature
Published (Last): 24 January 2009
Pages: 216
PDF File Size: 4.77 Mb
ePub File Size: 3.48 Mb
ISBN: 530-4-12956-312-9
Downloads: 10210
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kazizilkree

Allende died, apparently a suicide, and thousands of his supporters were killed. Reyes, Carlos, and Maggie Patterson. While Death and the Maiden resists comparison with the work of contemporary playwrights, many have observed that it functions something like Greek tragedy. Dorfman has additionally written literary works in a variety of forms. It was an agent of the state who was torturing, or “disappearing” eeath, or censoring.

“Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden” by David Schroeder

The time is midday; Miranda is still tied and Paulina speaks to him intimately about her captivity and the night of her release. Both are victims and both are perpetrators; both are patients and simultaneously healers.

Customers who bought this item also bought. During the night and the day that follows she will have to confront that fear, she will bring to justice in her living room the doctor she believes is responsible for having tortured and raped her years ago. Both Paulina and Gerardo perceive the considerable injustices exerted by the former military regime, but they differ in their ideas of how justice can best be served under present.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

That blackout on the gun-wielding Paulina is a case in point. With the same cast and director, it transferred to the Mainstage at The Royal Court on 4 November Death and the Maiden unfolds simultaneously forward and in reverse; in fact there is very little forward movement of plot in comparison to the unfolding of the past which occurs in the course of the play. The country experienced its first coup inthe government falling to a coalition of military officers and civilian aristocrats who established makden semi-fascist state following the growing trend of fascism in Europe.


Curiously, Tony Walton, perhaps having shot his wad on Baboonshas under—or misdesigned—the scenery, which is sparse and a bit bewildering. He sees Paulina as emotionally trapped by memories that she must somehow put behind her. Dorfman commented in an interview with Carlos Reyes on the Amnesty International homepage: She tells her flabbergasted husband that they will hold a trial; Gerardo is to be me plaj, Paulina the witness, prosecutor, and judge.

Paulina mockingly questions the value of freedom in a society which has only provisionally returned to democracy: Dorfman returned to Chile again in She sends Gerardo out to get Roberto’s car so he can go home.

I couldn’t stand that silence, and the result was my play, Death and the Maiden. The stage directions show a turning point in her behaviour. Home Arts Educational magazines Death and the Maiden. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? But what my compatriots did not want for themselves was celebrated by the world.

While they are alone for the last time, Paulina accuses Roberto of being unrepentant and guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The critic did note, however, that the work deals with important issues and makes for adequate maidden. Pages with related products. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Death and the Maiden’s haunting relevance

Her husband, a lawyer in charge of a commission investigating the deaths of thousands of dissidents under the previous regime, must defend the accused man because without the rule of law the transition to democracy will be compromised; if his wife kills that doctor, the husband will not be able to help heal a sick and wounded land.

The situation arises when Gerardo, one of the three characters, is appointed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, thus establishing justice as a major theme within the play.

He blames Paulina for the spare tire being flat and for the jack being gone Paulina lent it to her mother. Sold by StorEdu and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. It is possible that Dorfman refuses to end the play in an unambiguous way because providing a closed ending would imply an active adherence to one of the two ideas of justice: I found I did not believe in any of the characters nor care about their dilemmas which meant that it was also difficult to dig for the half-buried serious themes.


But in the voice of this good Samaritan, Gerardo’s wife, Paulina Salas, thinks she recognizes another man–the one who raped and tortured her as she lay blindfolded in a military detention center years before. But in the voice of this good Samaritan, Gerardo’s wife, Paulina Salas, thinks she recognizes another man—the one who raped and tortured her as she lay blindfolded in a military detention center years before.

Buy the selected items together This item: Like many other Latin American authors, he is also a social critic who investigates the relationship between politics and culture. The piece, String Quartet No. I’m thrilled that Death and the Maiden has not aged over these 20 years, that it still moves people to tears, confronts them with a tragedy that has no clear solution, that it speaks to our world today with the same passion it embodied yesterday.

Schroeder proposes that it is not only that the title of the piece comes directly from Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, so named because it uses material from the song of the same name as the theme for the second movement.

Not only does she contend that the authorities would immediately release Miranda, she states her belief that the doctor is part of the current government and that his encounter with Gerardo was no coincidence. The man, apparently her therapist, appears just as desperate to help her. And now I have come back to London, and my characters have returned to the city that embraced them when they were as homeless as I was.

Under a constitution written during his regime, Pinochet himself remained army commander until stepping down in March,