Buffy Art Historian: How I feel about death

by Nandia Foteini Vlachou

Mantegna_Andrea_Dead_Christ

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.

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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)

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