Buffy Art Historian: How I feel about death

by Nandia Foteini Vlachou


ANYA: I don’t understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she’s, there’s just a body, and I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it and not be dead anymore. It’s stupid. It’s mortal and stupid. And Xander’s crying and not talking, and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever, and she’ll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why.


Anya trying to make sense of loss and the mortal world: season 5, episode 16, The Body (written by Joss Whedon)

(artwork: Andrea Mantegna, The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, c. 1490, tempera on canvas, 68 x 81 cm, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan)