Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

By Bertolt Brecht

The play is a parable encouraged by means of the chinese language play Chalk Circle. Written on the shut of global conflict II, the tale is determined within the Caucasus mountains of Georgia, and retells the story of King Solomon and a baby 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 myth that whispers insistently to the viewers.

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And that one there, and where 's the wine -colored one? ADJUTANT ( trying to pull her away ) : Riots have broken out ! We must le ave at once. Where 's the baby? ' GOVERNOR S WIFE ( calling to the YOU N G WOMAN who ·was h olding the baby ) : M aro, get the baby ready ! Where on earth are you? ADJUTANT ( leaving ) : We'll probably have to leave the carriage behind and go ahead on horseback . The GOVERNOR ' s WIFE rummages again among her dresses, throws some onto the heap of chosen clothes, then takes them off again .

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S I S T E R- I N -LAW : L A VRE N TI : When h e comes back from the war, he'll return to his farm . S I S T E R - I N - LAW : B ut you're goi ng there now? L\V R E � TI : Yes, to w a i t for S I S T E R- I N - LAW GRUSI IA him. ( calling shrilly ) : Sosso, the ( m urm uring fererislzly ) : i n g-sit do\v n , eat. A farm-a cake ! soldier-wait­ The Ca u ca s i a n I Chalk Circle 65 SISTER-I N-LAW : I t' s s car l e t f e ve r. G R U S H A ( s tar ting up ) : Yes , he's go t a farm ! LAV R E N T I : I think look aft e r the it's j ust w e a k n e s s , A n i k o .

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