Bertolt Brecht

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Bertolt Brecht

Bertold Brecht is a german playwright, director and dramatist who developed Epic theatre.
He also played an important role in developing a new approach to the theatre, which is known as modern theatre nowadays.
His experience as a nurse assistant led him to advocate for anti-war and produce literature and plays that criticize the cruelty of war.
As I mentioned in the previous post, One of the Brechtian theories is The alienation effect.
  • Find more details from my previous post

The fact that the male actor (Goodman) for the role of Arturo Ui(Adolf Hitler) is a Jewish is adding to an interest to the play.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

  • was written by Brecht in 1941 (which was during WWII)
  • Brecht was in exile in Finland.
  • gangsters, cabbages

Written by Brecht, the play is to satirize Hitler and the Nazi’s cruelty by allegory. Hitler is transformed into a hoodlum ((hooligan, a person who engages in crime and violence)) in Chicago. As shown in the picture, Arturo Ui strongly resembles Adolf Hitler.

The audience take an emotional Journey : at the beginning Ui is just. However, he is gaining confidence as the story progresses.




The play is not only about the past. Because the audience is easily connected to the story because subjugation of the marginalized by high social/political class happens everywhere. From the futuristic point of view, the play can be interpreted that it suggests another Hitler can appear anywhere at any time.

“The play is worth to be reproduced because the point of the play is that a Hitler can arise at any time and, in the earliest stages, be resisted. “

“The play seems to speak directly of the dangers and calamities in the world today.”




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