Saint Joan of the Stockyards
Bloomsbury Academic, 01.12.2010 - 160 Seiten
In this version of the story of Joan of Arc, Brecht transforms her into 'Joan Dark', a member of the 'Black Straw Hats' (a Salvation Army-like group) in twentieth century Chicago. The play charts Joan's battle with Pierpont Mauler, the unctuous owner of a meat-packing plant. Like her predecessor, Joan is a doomed woman, a martyr and (initially, at least) an innocent in a world of strike-breakers, fat cats, and penniless workers. Like many of Brecht's plays it is laced with humor and songs as part of its epic dramaturgical structure.
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As of today you have severed your connection with the murder of cattle .
MAULER : You think I ought to ? Maybe I could . It must be all right now . Don ' t
you think so ? slift : Get some food under your ribs and think about your situation ,
What you don ' t see is that , ranged In huge batallions , employers and employed
Confront each other irreconcilably . Go on , run back and forth between them ,
trying To reconcile , to arbitrate ! And then , useless to either side Go to the dogs !
... but don ' t kill them For if they bite the dust We bite it too . SLIFT : There ' s life in
' em yet . Higher , higher ! Five hundred steers at seventy - seven . THE SMALL
SPECULATORS : Seventy - seven . Hear that ? Why didn ' t you Buy when the ...