Here, multiple discourses relating to death, the woman, and her image are in play, but throughout the entire passage, Claudio notes how his desire to turn the living Massimilla into an unalive body is related to an aesthetic project.
The connection between the necrophilia of the Umbelino and Pantea story and its echoes in Claudio's response to Massimilla and Violante thus links to the prologue through this game of identification and internalization that relies upon making the women unalive.
I want them to bore holes through the half-a-minds of the unalive.
MP: You say the only way to bore holes into the skulls of the unalive is to name names, and you're probably right .
The same clay body in Crowe's kiln looks pretty dark and unalive
Under the influence or not, Williams seems somehow unalive
, unaware of how to make prose sing, or people breathe.
This world now present to me, and every waking "now" obviously so, has its temporal horizon, infinite in both directions, its known and unknown, its intimately alive and its unalive
past and future.
His open eyes were unalive
, mere kernels of muscle, though I still found myself poised vertiginously on their edge, falling through these dead holes deeper into the empty hulk he had become, as if his spirit had flown and mine was being sucked there in its place" (122-23).
The editors found the novel to contain worlds lacking in breadth, depth, and width, and the characters to be wooden and unalive
Newman is ashamed that Parkes for her more recent book has also been treated to rudeness from anonymous male writers "who seem to imagine that she is bent on unsexing women, or is unalive
to the essential necessity of some feminine virtues" (168), for she is not an extremist and is "more solid, more sensible, more bent on the real welfare of her sex than the men who talk high of the refined and beautiful accomplishments" they demand of women,