Ariel Dorfman’s explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been. Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden. David Schroeder. Dalhousie University. Follow this and additional works at: In his article, “Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden,” David Schroeder suggests that the selection of the play’s title Death and the Maiden () by.

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Throughout the play it is uncertain whether details are evidence of Roberto’s guilt or Paulina’s paranoia. When Gerardo comes back from a visit to the president, he gets a flat tire.

Death and the Maiden

Comparative Literature and Culture 9. Paulina Salas is a former political prisoner in an unnamed Latin American country who had been raped by her captors, led by a sadistic doctor whose face she never saw.

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. Death and the Maiden plunged its finger into the wound of Chile by showing that the executioners were among us, smiling on dorfmman streets dirfman also interrogated the democratic elite, wondering what ideals they had forced themselves to sacrifice.

Death and the Maiden (play) – Wikipedia

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. An opera based on the play has been composed by Jonas Forssell with the libretto by Ariel Dorfman.


Paulina, the woman who had been raped and tortured and betrayed, was the most violent person on that stage, so the question for her was not any easier: After hearing the full story of her captivity from Paulina, Gerardo formulates a confession with Roberto to appease Paulina’s madness and set her free from her past.

Miranda’s similarities with Schubert’s Death. Years later, after the also unnamed repressive regime has fallen, Paulina lives in an isolated country house with her husband, Gerardo Escobar.

Authors David SchroederDalhousie University. Royal Court Theatre London.

Neither did I let the victims off the hook. Paulina records the entire confession and has Roberto write it out and sign it.

Death and the Maiden film. Unconvinced of his guilt, Gerardo acts as Roberto Miranda’s lawyer and attempts to save his life.

Death and the Maiden | play by Dorfman |

But what my compatriots did not want for themselves was celebrated by the world. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Recommended Citation Schroeder, David. Susie Porter played Paulina with Eugene Gilfedder miaden the man whose voice might be his undoing. The woman is full of fear, gripped by a secret terror that she only shares with the man she loves.

Retrieved from ” https: The elite of Chile hated what I had done, reviled it. Thrilled, yes, but it is also sobering to realise that humanity has not managed to learn from the past, that desth has not been abolished, that justice maifen so rarely served, that censorship prevails, that the hopes of a democratic revolution can be gutted and distorted and warped.


Returning to my country after 17 years in exile, I saw this work as my gift to its turbulent transition. While they are alone for the last time, Paulina accuses Forfman of being unrepentant and guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Australian premiere production of Death and the Maiden took place on 16 December I can’t help but ask if 20 years from now I will be writing this phrase all over again: Schroeder further explains that the connection with Schubert’s work is also better understood in relation to Schubert’s belief in the impossibility of returning to life “as it was before” after destructive episodes.

The dictator was no longer in power, but his influence, his disciples, his corrupting shadow invaded every aspect of political aand.

Death and the Maiden’s haunting relevance

This page was last edited on 16 Octoberat Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. So many societies that back then were being torn by the question of what you do with the trauma of the past, how to live side by side with your enemies, how to judge those who had abused power without destroying the fabric of a reconciliation necessary to move forward. Malden t happened yesterday but it could well be today.