doctor who would play Shubert while torturing her. For fifteen years, her husband avoids talking about the ordeal she went through, although it is quite obvious that the demons of her past still haunt her. This is evident by her quotation; “I haven’t opened my mouth to even whisper a breath of what I’m thinking, years living in terror of my own…but I’m not dead, I thought I was but I’m not and I can speak, damn it – so for God’s sake let me have my say.” (Act 3, Scene 1). Every time she hears Shubert, she becomes very ill and that is symbolic of the trauma she underwent.
2 Gerardo, who is Paulina’s husband, represents the new democratic government and acts as their voice. He is appointed as a new member of the investigating committee whose responsibility is to look into crimes committed by the previous dictatorship. On his way home, he gets a flat tire and a stranger assists him. Out of gratitude, he invites the stranger to his home and this is where his wife, Paulina, recognizes the stranger as her torturer. His being in between them is symbolic of his position whereby he is required to bring justice to the victims but without vexing the perpetrators of the violence who still hold high positions in government. For him, the only way to truly move on is to focus on the future. He, therefore, tries to talk his wife out of
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- Summer '18
- Brett Gordon
- Victim, Paulina, Ariel Dorfman