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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Gentlemen , there's such a thing as moral purchasing power . If you increase
people's moral purchasing power , you'll get morality . And by purchasing power I
mean something very simple and natural , I mean money , wages . Which brings
The cruel thing about hunger is that However often you satisfy it , it always comes
back again . GLOOMB ( steps forward ) : I know you . I tried to persuade you To
work the very same knife That cut my arm off . Today I'd do something even ...
Go get your things . Joan goes out and comes back with a small suitcase ,
dressed like a servant girl ... But There must be one righteous man among them !
( Goes out . ) SNYDER : Poor ignorant thing 56 Saint Joan of the Stockyards.