Woyzeck - that soon all will pass. The proprietor of the...

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Marpu A. Trotmon 713252288 Drama 115 003 Professor Gregory Kable ___________________________ _ Pledge The German play Woyzeck consists of compressed and fragmented forms of expressionism. Its mysteriously tragic and absurd experiences create a subjective view about the interior mind set of the characters. The characters are stuck in a dreamlike antagonistic world. One of the concepts of expressionism was displayed when a distorted truth about Woyzeck was revealed in the last five scenes of the play. Whether or not he was worthy of our sympathy was also considered. The last scene displayed a disturbing and striking side of Woyzeck simulating his strange behaviors from the start of the play. Woyzeck is both the villain and the hero in a sense. He was perhaps the result of an unstable world. In scene IV the old man gives the audience a view that all is vanity by opening up the act with a song about there being nothing on the earth that will last and
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Unformatted text preview: that soon all will pass. The proprietor of the booth says in scene V that, “You were created of dust, sand, and dung. Why must you be more than dust, sand, and dung?” This display of naturalism portrays a narrower belief that there is no free will and that life is originally fated and determined. In contrast, in scene VII the doctor has a more realistic view on life, “In mankind alone we see glorified the individual’s will to freedom…” Practicality along with the subjectivity of events show the inside experience of Franz’s journey with life. Woyzeck has a prominent influence on Expressionism. The play puts a twist on reality causing the reader to be drawn in by Franz’s unstable state of mind and then draws us back away from his reasoning for stabbing Marie to death....
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