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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Have you lost all respect for the human countenance ? If that ' s how it is , a time
may come when you won ' t be looked upon as human any longer , but as wild
beasts , and it will become necessary to destroy you in the interest of law and ...
The very fact that we ' re the ones who publicize her will prove to the world that
with us humanity comes first . MAULER : May her simple childlike soul Shine
among us , bright and whole . Likewise may her glorious Voice speak out for you
The truth is that Where force rules only force can help and In the human world
only humans can help . ALL ( sing the first verse of the hymn to drown out Joan ' s
words ) : Shower the rich with Thy treasure ! Hosanna ! And virtue and leisure !