Overcoming death by dying...” The patterns of death, murder, suicide and sexually motivated murder in Witkacy’s plays
„Pokonać śmierć można tylko umierając...” Wzory motywów śmierci, morderstwa, samobójstwa i morderstwa na tle seksualnym w sztukach teatralnych Stanisława Ignacego Witkiewicza
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In Witkacy’s plays death is omnipresent, there is almost no play ”without a corpse”. The ”natural”death, the accidental death as well, is an exception. The rule is the violent death, is murder andsexually motivated murder as well as an on stage not committed but announced suicide. Usually,death does not drive forward the action on the stage; it is just present, as a matter of course. A peculiarrole plays the sexually motivated murder, that can in both offender and victim activate an increaseof intensity of life. Death is rarely combined with tragedy, rather with comic. The overcomingof death is not in sight. Only in one single play ”love overcomes death”.
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