Tweet on Twitter Some time ago I wrote about one of the most stunning and moving themes in the work of Edward Munch: He painted a woman in warm hues, her torso bare and her head tilted back, with long reddish hair flowing around her body. Her eyes are closed, her lips slightly parted in silent rapture. Her face is pale and bony, and crowned with a deep orange halo.
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The setting of the three-character play is an unnamed country, possibly representing Chile, which after having long been a dictatorship has adopted a democratic government. While held captive by the government in power, former political prisoner Paulina Salas was raped by a doctor.
A stranger, Roberto Miranda comes upon them and offers to drive them home. Geraldo accepts the offer and once home, offers Roberto a room in which to spend the night. She found him to be the harshest among her captors because there were occasional hints of kindness and his playing of the Schubert composition while physically and sexually assaulting her.
During the night, Paulina decides to extract her revenge against Roberto. She kidnaps him and explains to her husband that she is putting him on trial for the atrocities she believes him to have committed.
He cannot accept what he perceives as Paulina acting as a vigilante in the matter. He attempts to convince her to change her mind, in fear that she will endanger his position on the commission as well as the ability of the new government to procure justice for the citizens at large.
She steadfastly refuses to back down, holds Roberto at gunpoint, and threatens to shoot him if Geraldo insists on interfering with her. Roberto vows that he has never met Paulina before and that he is innocent of the charges she accuses him of. Paulina offers a deal to her husband, saying that she will release Roberto if he officially confesses to his misdeeds.
Roberto rejects the offer but is eventually convinced by Geraldo that it is the only way his life will be spared, even if the confession is false. Geraldo plans to pass the information along to Roberto, who will then have accurate details from which to formulate his confession.
An additional conflict is introduced into the plot as when Paulina was freed, she found Geraldo at home with another woman. She still harbors significant anger towards her husband in spite of the fact that she forgave him at the time.
Once Geraldo exits, Paulina tells Roberto that she is going to kill him. She does not believe that his confession represents any remorse on his part.
Additionally, she had set Roberto up by including misinformation in the account she gave to Geraldo. Unconsciously, in making his confession, Roberto corrected the errors, proving his guilt to Paulina. Roberto persists in proclaiming his innocence; he pleads for his life to be spared, insisting his confession was contrived.
Seemingly using their situation as a metaphor for the recent events in their country, he begs her to stop the cycle of violence.
She wants to know why it is always the victims who are asked to end it. This forces the people in the audience to look into their own faces rather than at the climactic moment taking place on the stage.
Several months pass and the setting is a concert. Geraldo is speaking with people in the audience about how the Investigating Commission he was on was successful.Written in the wake of the Pinochet regime in Chile, Death and the Maiden boldly explores the intricacies of truth, memory and the morality of retribution.
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