Salome is especially enigmatic because conventional criticism unwittingly shares in its denial of creaturely motives. The play dramatizes Wilde's efforts to cope with his personal terror of death through parodic art. What criticism calls love can be seen as a desperate shopping expedition among intoxicating abstractions and artistic practices that console for death, but the ultimate goal is deliberately ineffable. In this way the play is distinctively modern.
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