By Ronald Speirs (auth.)
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8 While Baal enjoys the sheer fact of the sky's permanence, he also enjoys it as a constantly changing showplace of colour and movement: were it not for the passing of time Baal would not be able to relish the sight of the sky sometimes filled with clouds, sometimes with stars, sometimes empty, or variously pale, dark, green, orange, purple, yellow, violet, apricot. These striking, but truly observed colours convey the intensity of Baal's perception of his world. The simple sentence· structures in which they occur give full weight to each individual image, just as, on a larger scale, the "balladesque" composition of the play as a sequence of short scenes also helps to suggest the repleteness of Baal's life, because it picks out only moments of particular intensity which, taken together, give an impression of kaleidoscopic variety.
Melde gehorsamst: habe mich in Algier als Gespenst etabliert. Aber jetzt hat der Leichnam morderisch Appetit. lch konnte Wiirmer fressen! . [Schenkt Wein in ein Glas] Wein! Nierensteiner! Also ftir ein Gespenst bin ich doch ziemlich lebhaft! (TN, 24-5) The name is Kragler. The Man: Frau Balicke: [goes weak at the knees, supports herself against the dresser] Holy Jes ... What's this then, why the supernatural stare? Kragler: Have you chucked money away on wreaths too? Pity! Please to report, Ma'am, set myself up as a ghost in Algiers.
At the outbreak of the war the schoolboy Brecht had shared in the patriotic enthusiasm which swept through the country, and had even done his best to nourish such sentiments through his poems, short stories and articles in newspapers. But whereas his attitude changed when he began to understand the reality of war, it did not seem to him that other Germans had learned the same disillusioning lesson. After the war was over they continued to exhibit the same romantic tendency in their readiness to die for equally grand phrases on the barricades of the revolution.
Brecht’s Early Plays by Ronald Speirs (auth.)