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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I saw you marching , and then I saw myself Saw myself striding silently at your
head With warlike steps and bleeding forehead , shouting Martial - sounding
words in a language unknown Even to myself . And since many columns were ...
SLIFT : Tear my head off . MAULER : What can I do with your head ? Give me
your hat , it ' s worth a nickel . What ' s to be done With all this livestock that no
one ' s forced to buy ? THE STOCKBREEDERS : Without flying off the handle We
There is a prolonged conversation in the course of which the Old Gentleman ' s
initial head - shaking starts changing to a nod of acquiescence . THE BLACK
STRAW HATS : See , He shakes His head ! See , He doesn ' t like it ! Oh , we