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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A SECOND MAN ( around whom a group has formed ) : Here we stand with
hands like shovels And necks like fork lifts , wanting to sell Our hands and necks
And no one buys them . THE WORKERS : And our tools , a mountain Of steam ...
They Believe in nothing but what They hold in their hands – if they believe in
hands . Living from minute to minute insecurely They cannot rise from the lowest
depths Where only hunger can capture their attention . No Song can move them ,
It falls out of her hands . SNYDER : Joan Dark , aged twenty - five , died of
pneumonia in the stockyards , in the service of God , warrior and martyr .
MAULER : When purity Unmarred and whole And loving kindness beckoned
They shook vile ...