A Case Study of Justice in “Death and the Maiden”

The play “Death and the Maiden” by the Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman centres upon a political and judicial struggle between three characters: Paulina Salas, Gerardo Escobar, and Doctor Roberto Miranda. The play begins with Doctor Miranda taking Gerardo home; Paulina, Gerardo’s wife, accuses the doctor of being the man who systematically raped and tortured her …

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Blood and Seed: Gendered Metaphors of Justice in The Eumenides

The Eumenides opens with a scene of primordial horror: man – savage and sword-wielding, his hands dripping with the blood of woman – is surrounded by slumbering women – black, oozing, indecent, and wild – whose very presence is threatening. Into this already tense scene enters the ghost of the murdered woman: not only a …

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