How Does Dorfman Use the Gun, Gerardo, and Paulina's Claims and Actions to Ensure That the Audience in Unable to Come to a Unanimous Decision as to Whether Doctor Roberto Miranda Is Innocent or Guilty

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How Does Dorfman Use the Gun, Gerardo, and Paulina's Claims and Actions to Ensure that the Audience in Unable to Come to a Unanimous Decision as to Whether doctor Roberto Miranda is Innocent or Guilty

The audience plays a massive role in Durfman's “death and the Maiden”. Durfman makes it clear not to state whether or not doctor Roberto Miranda is indeed guilty of the crime Paulina is accusing him of, leaving it up to the audience to do so themselves. However, even though there is no clear answer directly stated, the audience is able to come to an individualistic decision based on what they perceive as true in the play. Just as Durfman does not directly state wether Miranda is indeed innocent, he leaves no solid evidence that clearly expresses that Miranda is indeed guilty. With every possible piece of evidence that proves his guilt, there is either a fact or a person who or that defends his innocence.

Paulina Salas claims to know for a fact that doctor Roberto Miranda is the same doctor who tortured and abused her many years before. Paulina was the only one who was physically there at the time, so it would be logical that she would know if he is the correct doctor or not. However, her husband, Gerardo Escobar, does not fully believe her. After Paulina claims that Roberto is the doctor from a long time ago, Gerardo questions her claim by clearly stating that she had said she was blindfolded and therefore would not be able to see if Miranda is truly the right doctor. This pushes the audience to begin to doubt wether Paulina's claim is truly justifiable or not. Gerardo continues to act as the voice of reason throughout the play, countering every argument Paulina makes, and even reminding the audience that Paulina is “sick”. He clearly states that what Paulina is doing is wrong, and that even if the doctor was guilty, it would be best to let him go and not kill him, reminding us of the fact that Paulina wishes to serve justice herself, making us wonder to what...
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