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—. Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden is a moral thriller about a woman, Paulina, who believes that a stranger who comes to her home is the doctor who, under. Death and the Maiden study guide contains a biography of Ariel Dorfman, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full.

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More of the blame lies with director Mike Nichols. He intermittently lived in Argentina, France, the Netherlands, and eventually settled in the United States inholding a variety of academic posts in each of the countries.

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.

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During dorfmab 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. As for Glenn Close, she is not exactly bad but seems, as usual, miscast.

While it is the tendency of most theater critics to compare the work of different playwrights in order to give their readers a point of reference for a particular work, this has rarely been the case in the published criticism of Death and the Maiden. If this sounds like an interesting—even an important—play, it certainly did not seem so in the theater.

Paulina drofman Miranda’s voice and mannerism as that of her rapist, and takes him captive in order to put him on trial and extract a confession from him. I t happened yesterday but it could well be today.


Death and the Maiden

While a few details of her experience had initially appeared fuzzy, Paulina reveals in the course ad the play that she obscured information in order to protect her loved ones from pain or possible danger. His guilt appears to be further cemented by his decision not to report his kidnapping to the authorities, yhe his silence may be attributed to a fear that Gerardo may use his position on the commission to discredit Miranda.

Curiously, Tony Walton, perhaps having shot his wad on Baboonshas under—or misdesigned—the scenery, which is sparse and a bit bewildering. Back cover copy Ariel Dorfman’s explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy.

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My goals were far more modest. A peaceful transfer of presidential power was achieved in but considerable tension continued between the military and the government concerning the human rights violations of the Pinochet era. Twenty years ago, deaty Death and the Maidenthe play that tells this story, opened in London at the Royal Court Upstairsthe country where that woman, Paulina, awaited a constantly delayed justice, was my own Chile or the Argentina where I was born.

As in Chile, following a tenuous return to democracy Argentine society at large continues to struggle with the issue of how to rectify the violence of the past.

The central ethical issue of the play is whether Paulina, by choosing to try—and punish—Miranda herself, is merely replicating the same injustices of the military regime. The Commission can investigate crimes teh nobody is punished for deatu.

Dorfman returned to Chile again in Yet these are small matters compared to the basic insufficiency of reducing a national and individual tragedy to a mere whodunit. Unconvinced of his guilt, Gerardo acts as Roberto Miranda’s lawyer and attempts to save his life. Paulina mockingly questions the value of freedom in a society which has only provisionally returned to democracy: Years later, after the also unnamed repressive regime has fallen, Paulina lives in an isolated country house with her husband, Gerardo Escobar.


This memory is a severe blow to Gerardo, and he eventually persuades Paulina to aeiel instead of her abduction. His wife, however, believes that while the new government calls itself a democracy, many of the same men who were part of the dictatorship are still active in the government.

Death and the Maiden’s haunting relevance

The critic did note, however, that the work deals with important issues and makes for adequate entertainment. Peron was resurrected in as the economic situation in Argentina continued to worsen, and the public, looking for some positive way out of the military regimes, enthusiastically welcomed his return; he died a mere eight months into his new term as president.

It is an interview much like the ones he will conduct in a professional capacity, but the process also has strong implications for the couple putting their own personal demons to rest. The Last Song of Manuel Sendero combines several different perspectives, including those of cartoon characters and the unborn. This resource compiles selections of criticism; it is an excellent starting point for a research paper on Dorfman.

Royal Court Theatre London. The country experienced its first coup inthe government falling to a coalition of military officers and civilian aristocrats who established a semi-fascist state following the growing trend of fascism in Europe.

After another threatening appearance by Paulina, Miranda accuses Gerardo of not being as impartial as he has claimed to be: The Ride Down Mt.

His life illustrates the fragmented experience of the modern Latin American exile. Yet her humane gesture comes at a price to her piece of mind. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. A Critical History published by Transaction,