Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

By Bertolt Brecht

The play is a parable encouraged via the chinese language play Chalk Circle. Written on the shut of worldwide battle II, the tale is decided within the Caucasus mountains of Georgia, and retells the story of King Solomon and a toddler claimed by way of moms. A chalk circle is metaphorically drawn round a society misdirected in its priorities. Brecht's statements approximately classification are cloaked within the innocence of a delusion that whispers insistently to the viewers.

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Tramf'ling of horses aga in . Enter G R L' S HA through the doorway looking cau tiously about her. :: she has 1 1 ·aited for th e I RO :" S H IR T S to go . Carrying a bundle, sh e w a lks tm mrd the gate way. A t th e last m omellt, she turns to see if the C H I L D is still there. ; s igh t of the h e a d over the do o rll ' ay , she s c reo m s . Horrified, sh e picks up her bundle again , and when the S l 1' G E R starts to the spot. ro is o b o l l t ro lem·e speak . '\'GER : As s h e wa s s t : :m d i n g betwe e n courtva rd and gate.

11 u t c a n I do w h a t 1 h :lVc to? Can she? A n d re i ' s been lish i ng fo r that rope fo r h o u rs . A n d I as k yo u , how a rc we go i ng to fasten it, e v e n if he ge ts i t up? FIRST M A N (listening) : Hush, I th i n k 1 h e :-t r som e t h i ng. The Caucasian Chalk Circle I 59 GRUSHA : The bridge isn't quite rotted through. I think I'll try it. MERCHANT WOMAN : [ wouldn't-if the devil himself were after me. It's suicide. FIRST MAN (shouting ) : Hi! GRUSHA : Don't shout! ( To the M E RCHANT WOMAN : ) Tell him not to shout.

SING E R : A n d in her fl i ght from the Iron s h i rts After twenty-two d ays At of j o u rneying the foot of the J an ga-Tau G l acier G rusha Yashnadze decid ed to adopt the child. CHORUS ; The helpless gi rl adopted the helpless c h i l d . en stream t o get the water in the holl o w of her hand. G R li S I IA : S i n ce no one else w i l l take yo u , son, I m ust take yo u . S i n ce n o one e l se w i l l take you, son, You must take me. 0 black d ay i n a l e a n , l e a n year, Be rtolt I3 rec h t I 58 T h e t ri p w a s l o n g , t h e m i l k was dear, My legs a rc t i re d , m y fe e t arc s o re : B u t I wou l d n ' t be w i t h o u t yo u a n y more .

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