Throughout had the opportunity to gain profit from

Throughout the interactive orals, I was able to develop a profound
understanding of the messages Durenmatt was aiming to send to his audience. A
particular oral discussed contextual information for The Visit, considering the
time the play was written and performed. 1956 was the year in which the play
was created just 11 short years after the devastation of the Second World War. During
this time Switzerland was famous for its impartial stance however from
listening to the orals, I learnt, Switzerland was weak, and had the opportunity
to gain profit from deals from opposing sides of the war. This wealth is
something clear within the play, and from a second oral I learnt that wealth
can be understood as an instrument for moral deterioration. Theatrical movement
called epic theatre suggests that Durenmatt responded to the political climate
of the time through the creation of theatre. Learning that the style of the
play was not for entertainment only, helps in analysis for deeper political understanding.
These ideas brought together, suggest that like the citizens of Guellen with
the money from Claire, Swiss impartiality was swayed when presented with
profit.

 

Another factor looked upon during the orals was the development of
characters and stage set’s and the impact this has on the focus of the plays.
The simplistic nature of the sets and personalities alike, encourage the
audience towards understanding the meaning of the play rather than the detail
of the characters.  This combined with
the doubling of characters, Man1-4, reflects the economic turmoil within
Guellen and provides the townspeople with incentive for moral evil. Using the
depersonalization of the characters and lack of necessities presents the
desperation in the town and contributes to the main them of the play; that
money can buy justice.

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By having a deeper understanding of the author, his playwriting style,
and his attitudes towards Swiss culture, gives me the ability to comprehend the
play with a different outlook, showing ideas depicted on moral battles, fragility
of human moral and justice. As well as understanding the authors wishes to
provide a controversial play. without incriminating himself within the media,
the aim was to spark debate, but to protect himself from criticism, so Durenmatt
pleaded to remain neutral, suggesting his work was fabricated opinions and did
not represent his own. All contributing to new understanding of the play and its
true messages. 

 

THESIS

Friedrich Durrenmatt’s ambitious, daring tragicomedy The Visit is a
chilling commentary following the nature of mankind and morality. As passage
from the new testament of the Bible, 1 Timothy 6:10, summaries the destruction
and perdition that the lusts of greed guide men into, “for the love of money is
the root of all evil.” This passage is reflected in the transition of the character’s
morals in the face of money. At the core of the play lies the hunt for compensation
and punishment for the respective parties, the targets and the offenders alike;
factors which are driven by the pursuit of justice; and that lead to
immorality.

 

The progression of the play demonstrates to the audience that wealth has
the audacity to drive even the most moral of characters into disastrous
corruption.  The presentation of money
over morals in portrayed through a variety of events, and techniques used by
Durenmatt, which overall lead me to believe that money is the primary motive
for immorality, within the play.