Love, Death, and Redemption


in Death-Devoted Heart

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166910
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863938 | DOI:
Love, Death, and Redemption

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This chapter argues that in Tristan und Isolde the victims themselves are redeemed, and this redemption is to be thought of as a purely human achievement involving no miracles, no supernatural powers, no transubstantiation, but merely the aura of seclusion and inviolability that attaches naturally to the object of erotic love. It discusses the underlying religious message of Tristan und Isolde. When writing of the “redemption” achieved by his lovers, Wagner is using this term in its true religious sense, to mean a regaining of the sacred in a world where sacrilege is the prevailing danger.

Keywords: Wagner; Tristan und Isolde; ritual sacrifice; redemption

Chapter.  7154 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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