BRECHT THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI PDF

Save Story Save this story for later. The play, which Brecht wrote as a refugee in Finland, in early , describes the rise of Hitler through the parable of a gangster in Chicago during the Great Depression. Brecht had fled Germany in , the day after the Reichstag fire. Doyle designed the austere set, which features an imposing chain-link fence that severs the back of the theatre from the bare stretch of fluorescent-lit stage where most of the action takes place; a door, connecting the two spaces, clangs disconcertingly each time an actor passes through. Soon, however, Ui learns that Dogsborough Christopher Gurr , an aging politician—a surrogate for Paul von Hindenburg, the ill-fated President of the Weimar Republic—has taken a bribe from the Cauliflower Trust.

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The action begins in the early s with a group of men, who are part of a Cauliflower Trust in Chicago attempting to figure out how to get their crops sold to local grocers. We see Arturo Ui, a known gangster hanging around, and no one wants anything to do with him.

The Trust go to a shipping tycoon named Sheets and strong-arm him in order to give up his shares of his company, which the Trust then give to Dogsborough, a man who has an impeccable reputation.

But, the Trust desires to use the loan to help their business with no intention of using it for repairing the docks. The city then decides to investigate the loan and determine if the money is being spent appropriately. This is when Arturo Ui comes in. A man named Bowl comes to Ui telling him how the Cauliflower Trust has taken the loan money which Dogsborough was able to approve from the city, and he knows that the investigation will cause the Trust and Dogsborough to be exposed of corruption.

Ui takes this as his opportunity to find his way into the seat of power. With this Ui and his men begin to extort the local grocers into paying protection money to them and purchasing the cauliflower from the Trust.

With this, Ui has kept Dogsborough and the Cauliflower Trust out of the spotlight, but they must now give power to Ui which they do, and Ui becomes the leader of the city through manipulation and extortion. He desires to take it even further, to go to more cities and gain control over them as well. Ui cannot believe it, he cannot betray Roma. But in the next scene he has Roma killed. He then takes Cicero and demands from Ignatius Dullfeet , the newspaper editor, that he stop printing articles that paint him as a monster.

Dullfeet does as Ui asks, but Ui kills him anyway. Ui then has a dream that Roma has come to him as a ghost with a bullet in his head. He is haunted and even commands his bodyguards to shoot at the ceiling where he believes Roma is. Finally, the grocers of Chicago and Cicero have assembled to speak out against Ui, they want to vote him out. But, Ui gives a speech to them stating that whoever is not for him is against him, and they shall suffer the consequences.

The grocers know that he is a dangerous man and they all vote for him to remain in power. The play ends with Ui taking off his mustache to speak directly to the audience, asking them to learn to look instead of gawking. All of the events that occur in the play parallel actual events that happened which allowed Hitler to come to power. Update this section!

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THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI

The action begins in the early s with a group of men, who are part of a Cauliflower Trust in Chicago attempting to figure out how to get their crops sold to local grocers. We see Arturo Ui, a known gangster hanging around, and no one wants anything to do with him. The Trust go to a shipping tycoon named Sheets and strong-arm him in order to give up his shares of his company, which the Trust then give to Dogsborough, a man who has an impeccable reputation. But, the Trust desires to use the loan to help their business with no intention of using it for repairing the docks. The city then decides to investigate the loan and determine if the money is being spent appropriately.

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The Disturbing Resonance of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”

At one point he referred to it as Arturo Ui, labelled it a "Dramatic Poem" and ascribed authorship to K. Keuner "Mr. Hay to translate the work, which was completed by September , and submitted to Louis Shaffer, the director of Labor Stage , who turned it down as "not advisable to produce", presumably because the United States was still, at the time , a neutral country. His fear was that the German audience was still too close to their previous psychic connection to Hitler. That same year, scenes from the work were staged by five young directors of the Ensemble.

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