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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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 ,
And even if they got better , it wouldn ' t Help , for the system they have Created is
flawless : Exploitation and disorder , bestial and therefore Incomprehensible .
THE BLACK STRAW HATS ( to Joan ) : Hold your tongue . Be good ! Be wise !
The third time she takes hold of it , raises it up and tips the soup out . Then she
collapses . ( Snyder announces her death , as on p . 110 , then the cattle are
heard again : ] FOUR PIGS : You are people , we are gammon God says you can
' t be ...