Understanding Paulina’s Mentality: A Close Reading of Death and the Maiden, Act 2 Scene 1 Onwards

Significant dialogue from Act 2 of Death and the Maiden reveals how Paulina’s torture in the Chile’s past totalitarian regime has affected her life in the democratic present day. The ambiguity in the meaning of justice is a key theme that is significantly developed because the audience is exposed to two contradicting views from Paulina … Read moreUnderstanding Paulina’s Mentality: A Close Reading of Death and the Maiden, Act 2 Scene 1 Onwards

The Relationship Between Character Symbolism and Chilean Society in Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden

In the play, Death and the Maiden, Ariel Dorfman employs symbolism through the characters and their actions to reflect aspects of the corrupt Chilean society that Dorfman himself lived through. Act II, scene i illustrates the symbols quite well, with the troubled, unjust Paulina, the professionalism and tranquility displayed by Gerardo, and the unfortunate situation … Read moreThe Relationship Between Character Symbolism and Chilean Society in Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden

An Analysis of Gerardo’s Role in Death and the Maiden

In Death and the Maiden, Gerardo constantly opposes Paulina’s ideas and plans, providing a more rational and less emotionally-charged solution. Gerardo acts as the voice of reason to emphasize Paulina’s irrational and crazed tendencies in the play. Throughout his drama, Dorfman uses Gerardo as a representation of Paulina’s conscience and as the voice of reason … Read moreAn Analysis of Gerardo’s Role in Death and the Maiden

Marriage in Death and the Maiden

Ariel Dorfman’s play “Death and the Maiden” revolves around a husband and wife, Gerardo and Paulina, living under an unstable democracy after a long chapter of oppressive dictatorship. In this moral thriller, Paulina accuses a man named Roberto of being the physician who tortured and raped her in the times of her abduction during the … Read moreMarriage in Death and the Maiden

The Development of Justice in Death and the Maiden

Composed by Ariel Dorfman, Death of the Maiden is regarded as a compelling play where a woman, Paulina, sought justice for actions that happened to her fifteen years ago. She blames a man named Roberto Miranda, a doctor that had visited her and her husband’s household at night, because she recognizes his voice and the … Read moreThe Development of Justice in Death and the Maiden