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4/C Spencer Jurkiewicz Section 6001 September 26, 2007 Why? What motivates Man to act as he does? The play Copenhagen by Michael Frayn exposes this deep question by struggling to determine a logical motive behind Heisenberg’s trip to Copenhagen before World War II. With the threat of an atomic bomb, Heisenberg claims his love for his country is a driving force by stating: Germany is where I was born. Germany is where I became what I am. Germany is all the faces of my childhood, all the hands that picked me up when I fell, all the voices that encouraged me and set me on my way, all the hearts that speak to my heart. Germany is my wife. Germany is our children. I have to know what I’m deciding for them! (Frayn 42) So, why did Heisenberg go to Copenhagen? There are several theories played with throughout the play, some reasonable and some not, but there still remains an ultimate vagueness behind it all. Several high-spirited moments caused Bohr to make incorrect presumptions toward Heisenberg’s reason for visiting Copenhagen. During their first conversation, Heisenberg asks about Bohr’s current projects and later expresses his interest in the
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