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Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

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By Bertolt Brecht

Thought of by way of many to be one in every of Brecht's masterpieces, Galileo explores the query of a scientist's social and moral accountability, because the awesome Galileo needs to choose from his lifestyles and his life's paintings whilst faced with the calls for of the Inquisition. throughout the dramatic characterization of the recognized physicist, Brecht examines the problems of medical morality and the tricky dating among the highbrow and authority. This model of the play is the well-known person who was once dropped at of completion by means of Brecht himself, operating with Charles Laughton, who performed Galileo within the first American productions (Hollywood and big apple, 1947). due to the fact then the play has develop into a vintage on the earth repertoire.

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ANDR EA : Crystal? GALI L E o : Like huge soap bubbles one inside the other and the stars are supposed to be tacked onto them .. Spin the band with the sun on it. ( ANDREA does so. ) You see the fixed ball in the m iddle? ANDREA : Yes . GA L I L EO : That's the earth. For two thousand years man has chosen to believe that the sun and all the host of stars revolve about him . Well . The Pope, the cardinals, the prince s, the schol ars, captains, merchants, house­ wives, have pictured themselves squatting in the middle of an affa ir like that.

ANDREA returns, bringing One scudo was not enough. I had to leave my cap with him before he 'd let me take them away. GALI L E O : We'll get it back someday. Give them to me . (He ANDREA : takes the lenses over to the window, holding them in the relation they would have in. a telescope. ) What are those for? Something for the Senate. With any luck, they will rake in two hundred scudi . Take a look ! ANDREA : My, things look close ! I can read the copper letters on the bell in the Campanile. And the washer­ women by the river, I can see their washboards!

They are dressed in formal, festive clothes. VIRGINIA is fourteen and charming. She carries a velvet cushion on which lies a brand-new telescope. Behind GALI L EO are some AR T IS A NS from the A rsenal. There are onlookers, L U DOVICO among them. ( announcing) : Senators, A rtisans of the Great Arsenal of Ve nice ; Mr. Galileo G al i lei, professor of mathematics at your University of Padu a. C URATOR GAL IL E O steps forward and starts to speak. Members of the High Senate ! Gentlemen : I have great pleasu re, as director of thi s institute, in present­ ing for you r approval and acceptance an entirely new instrument originating from this our Great Arsenal of the Republic of Venice.

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