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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All turn away and stand up . Joan : Stay where you are , it doesn ' t matter . The
Lord ' s soup will never run out . THE WORKERS : When will you finally Open
your crawling cellars You butchers of men ? Groups form . A MAN : Now how will
Do you think you can turn the house of God into a barn ? Or another Livestock
Exchange ? Out ! You have no business here . We don ' t need faces like yours .
You ' re unworthy and I ' m turning you out . Money or no money ! THE THREE ...
And so they turn their backs on certain moral and religious trains of thought . ( d )
Is Saint Joan of the Stockyards a realist work ? Persons uncertain of the
difference between realism and materialism are unlikely to consider this a realist