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Bertolt Brech And Galileo. This Essay Addresses Bertolt's Play Galileo. This Essay Tells How Bertolt Brecht Uses The Story Of Galileo To Speak To The Urgent Questions Of His Own Time.

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The story of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht was for the most part a historically accurate telling of the life of Galileo. Brecht's story of Galileo's life is filled with him succumbing to the authorities no matter what his beliefs may be. This is similar to the lifestyle in Germany about the time Brecht had written this play.Born in Augsburg, Germany in 1898 Brecht began writing at an early age. Writing was not his only interest, Brecht enrolled in medical school. By 1918 Brecht was called up as a medical orderly in the First World War By this time he had already begun working on his first play "Baal". Brecht's interests consisted of science, politics and literature. In the year 1919 Brecht had joined the Social Democratic Party and in 1921 he had dropped out of University. Brecht had joined the communist party by 1930; from then on the economic and political situation had become a serious crisis. Hitler became chancellor in 1933 and the Communist party had been outlawed. Brecht was forced out of his homeland, where he moved to Paris briefly, and all his work had been banned as well. He had written anti-Nazi publications while in Paris. After Paris, Brecht had bounced around Eurasia until he had ended up in North America on United States soil. After World War II had begun Brecht was called before the House of Un-American Activities Committee for being a communist. He had begun his return to Germany the next day, by this time his version of Galileo had already been in the works.The story of Galileo takes place during the 17th century, a time period when everything, from beliefs to practices, was influenced by the church. The church had controlled the education system and taught their knowledge of the universe to the people. The church taught that the Earth was the center of the universe and the Sun and all other planets revolved around the Earth. The people believed religion over reason, anything the church would say would go. Going against the church meant going against G-d.Galileo was a scientist. Science and Religion do not go hand in hand. Galileo had work to prove that the religion influenced belief that the Earth was the center of the universe was actually incorrect. "Is it conceivable that G-d would trust this most precious fruit of His labor to a minor, frolicking star?" This quote is the old Cardinal in scene five preaching condescendingly to Galileo, he makes it seem as though Galileo's ideas were ludicrous even though they are confirmed. The church had many problems with Galileo teaching this method. This method was not only looked at as sac-religious but it took away from the church's authority of always being right. Using large amounts of pressure and power the church made Galileo retract all statements he had made about the Earth not being the center of the universe.The church during the 17th century was very similar to Nazi-Germany during the 20th century. For the both of them it was, follow the church/Nazi guidelines or be prosecuted....

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