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Salome by Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde's gruesome and contentious play begs and significant question. Who's Salome? In the bible this woman isn't even given a name. She's the daughter of Herodias who dances for the joy of her stepfather, Herod. Perhaps the very fact that she remains unnamed is a portion of this puzzle and difficulty that's Salome. There was no need to name this kind of woman in biblical religion. However, Salome's story continues to inspire and terrify both her winners and her harshest critics. In writing Salome Wilde provides this figure an identity and a desire. But just what does this individuality and following desire represent? Throughout the drama Salome is exposed to the male gaze. Both the Young Syrian and Herod always look . They're warned not to do so. The Page of Herodias tells the Young Syrian, "Why would you look at her? You must not look in herSomething terrible may happen." Herod is cautioned by his spouse, "You must not look at her! You're always looking at her" Apart from their own needs, why would these two characters feel that looking at Salome is so dangerous? This could be an acknowledgement of the power of appearing and the subsequent power that Salome profits from being looked at. Scopophilia isn't only the pleasure and power of looking, but also the power and pleasure of being looked at. Salome is aware of the kind of power. She states, "Why does the Tetrarch look at me all the while with his mole's eyes beneath his shaking eyelids? It's strange that the husband of my mother looks at me like this. I know not what it means. Of a truth I know it too well." Salome comprehends that Herod is viewing her as a sensual o.. .