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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Irresistibly The monster rises , making merchandise Of nature itself , selling the
air we breathe . That man could sell us the food we ate for dinner Squeeze rent
from houses that caved in long ago Coin money from rotten meat , and if you
Hell , you ' ve been selling meat for days now ! MAULER : Insolent butchers ,
playing the cry - baby Because poor persecuted animals Have stopped their
bellowing ! Run home and tell your mamma One of your number couldn ' t bear to
He wanted to sell me his shares , which came to a third of the total capital , for ten
million dollars . From that day on , as I ' ve just discovered , he has been secretly
undermining an already declining market by selling large amounts of livestock ...