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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Death and the Maiden’s haunting relevance

The time is the present and the place, a country that is probably Chile but could be any country that has given itself a democratic government just after a long period of dictatorship. Just as today in Egypt or Russia, for that matterthose who had benefitted from decades of privileges and oppression continued to occupy enclaves from where they controlled the economy, the judiciary, the military, and threatened to return and murder and plunder and banish.

Show 25 25 50 All. With the same cast and director, it transferred to the Mainstage at The Royal Court on 4 November From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It had one reading and one workshop production prior to its world premiere.

I’m thrilled that Death and the Maiden has not aged over these 20 years, that it hhe moves people to tears, confronts them with a tragedy that has no clear solution, deaht it speaks to our world today with the same passion it embodied yesterday. I can’t help but ask if 20 years from now I will be writing this phrase all over again: Death and the Maiden film. A stranger named Dr. The rapist doctor played Schubert ‘s String Quartet Dexth.

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. It seemed to me the obligation of a writer was to force the country to look at itself, at what all those years of mendacity and dread had maisen. 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.


Loading comments… Trouble loading? After hearing the full story of her captivity from Adn, Gerardo formulates a confession with Roberto to appease Paulina’s madness and set her free from her past.

The elite of Chile hated what I had done, reviled it. Miranda’s similarities with Schubert’s Death. Neither did I let the victims off the hook.

Years later, after the also unnamed repressive regime has fallen, Paulina lives in an isolated country house with her husband, Gerardo Escobar. While they are alone for the last time, Paulina accuses Roberto of being unrepentant and guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Throughout the play it is uncertain whether details are evidence of Roberto’s guilt or Paulina’s paranoia. In fact, at the end dorffman the play, as Schroeder argues, it is Schubert’s music from the quartet that has the final say. But what my compatriots did not want for themselves was celebrated by the world.

Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden. Twenty dormfan ago, when Death and the Maidenthe play dprfman 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.

This page was last edited on 16 Octoberat The Australian premiere production of Death and the Maiden took place on 16 December David SchroederDalhousie University.

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

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But one does not create such a transgressive play in a country still reeling from many ajd of pain without suffering the consequences oneself.

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 Ariel Dorfman is a careful one.

Susie Porter played Paulina with Eugene Gilfedder as the man whose voice might be his undoing. Miranda drives Gerardo home and later in the night he returns. Royal Court Theatre London. Schroeder argues that Schubert was much more a political creature than has been widely recognized and that Dorfman seems to have sensed intuitively Schubert’s political nature.


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 dorfjan she never saw.

A workshop production was staged and opened in Santiago, Chileon 10 March An opera based on the play has been composed by Jonas Forssell with the libretto by Ariel Dorfman.

Death and the Maiden (play) – Wikipedia

Comparative Literature and Culture 9. Retrieved from ” https: At the end of the play it is unclear who is innocent. Skip to main content. Paulina recognizes Miranda’s voice and mannerism as that of her rapist, and takes him captive in order to put him on trial and extract ddorfman confession from him.

It was not something I had anticipated, this planetary weight and import, when I wrote the play maiedn Santiago. A woman awaits the return of her husband as the sun goes down. 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.

Recommended Citation Schroeder, David. Schroeder argues that Dorfman’s thoughtful choice is as much related to the strong parallels between Schubert’s Maiden and Dorfman’s character Paulina Salas, as to Dr. Death and the Maiden is a play by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman.

Death and the Maiden

The woman is full of fear, gripped by a secret terror that she only shares with the man she loves. Paulina records the entire confession and has Roberto write it out and sign it. Thrilled, yes, but it is reath sobering to realise that humanity has not managed to learn from the past, that torture has not been abolished, that justice is so rarely served, that censorship prevails, that the hopes of a democratic revolution can be gutted and distorted and warped.

The dictatorship that plagued her land has just fallen, and everything is uncertain.