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The play Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman has many similarities with the first movement of Franz Schuberts quartet Death and the Maiden due the various aspects of the movement that reflect the tone of the play

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International Baccalaureate World Literature

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English 11

Ms. Holden

Death and the Maiden

The play Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman has many similarities with the first movement of Franz Schubert's quartet Death and the Maiden due the various aspects of the movement that reflect the tone of the play, the relationship between Paulina and Gerardo, as well as the theme of justice versus vengeance. The most significant aspects of the movement that can be related to the Death and the Maiden are the dynamics of the piece along with the light versus dark tone, which are in direct correspondence to the tone of the play. It also emphasizes the theme of justice versus vengeance because it stresses the reader's constant struggle to decide whether Paulina's actions are driven by justice or vengeance. It is significant that the first movement is written in cadence, because it essentially replicates the interactions between Paulina and Gerardo. All of the musical elements in the movement correspond to the key characters and ultimately give the ready a more fully rounded perception of their roles in the play in relation to on another as well as their role in developing the theme.

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