Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Final Transformation and Retreat into Eternal Darkness: Synthesis of Pentatonic/Diatonic and Whole‐Tone Spheres
This chapter looks at Doors VI, lake of tears, and VII, former wives, and begins with the transition from Doors V to VI which reveals Bluebeard's acquisition of Judith's “Fate” (pentatonic/whole-tone) motif. These final Doors suggest the sexual instinct and the death wish. They point to the traditional role of women and the transition to equality. The chapter explores the Symbolic connections of Nietzsche, Bartók, Bluebeard, and Judith.
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