When not directing the plays himself, he regularly participated in their production, revising and rewriting in consultation with actors up to the last minute; if the performance failed to affect the audience as he thought it should, he cast the text in a new version. He pursued this activity all his life and was twenty-three before he decided to concentrate on writing stories and plays and to make visual art an avocation.
The impoverished town of Guellen looks to Claire Zachanassian for financial salvation.
When she offers them a million dollars if they kill Ill, a citizen of the town and her former lover, the townspeople initially refuse, but their resolve is worn down by the allure of wealth, and they wind up carrying out her wish.
As the play opens, the townspeople of Guellen are preparing for the arrival of Claire Zachanassian, a millionaire who was born there, hoping that she will help relieve their poverty.
Claire arrives with her husband, her eighth, and her butler, Boby. The townspeople greet her with much fanfare. Among those greeting her is Ill, now an old man, who was once her lover when they were younger.
Claire asks to see the places where she and Ill made love and she travels to them. After she leaves, the townspeople remark that she seems to think of herself as some kind of Greek Fate, as if she controls the destiny of men.
Meanwhile, Claire and Ill recall their old relationship. Claire was in love with him, but he left her to marry his current wife. Crushed, she left the town and became a prostitute and, luckily, attracted the attention of a rich Armenian whom she married and later divorced after getting most of his money.
They rejoice, but she interrupts by saying that it comes with a condition. Ill, she says, impregnated her and then bribed two men to lie to a judge to avoid any responsibility. The mayor, on behalf of the town, insists that they will not do it, but Claire leaves the offer open.
He fears that they will get used to living that way and will weaken in the resolve not to kill him so they can sustain their lifestyle. Everyone he conveys this fear to dismisses him, but gradually they change their tactic and focus instead on the "crime" he committed against Claire.
Ill tries to leave town, but the townspeople stand in his way while schizophrenically denying that they are preventing him from going.
Ill comes to the conclusion that he brought this misfortune on himself by mistreating Claire. They talk for awhile about their past together and what she plans to do with his body. He leaves for the town hall where reporters have gathered to cover the meeting, though they are unaware of the condition Claire attached to her offer.
After giving another speech, the mayor has the press leave and the townspeople vote unanimously—except for Ill—to kill him. They immediately surround him and kill him.
When the press return, the townspeople say that Ill died of joy to know that the town would be rescued from its poverty. The town then breaks into chorus and reassures itself, citing the evil of poverty and rejoicing in how wonderful their lives will now be. This section contains words approx.Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright, novelist, and essayist whose satiric, almost farcical tragicomic plays were central to the post-World War II revival of German theatre.
Dürrenmatt, who was educated in Zürich and Bern, became a full-time writer . Transcript of Characters in Durrenmatt's "The Visit" Characters in Dürrenmatt's "The Visit" Claire Zachanassian Alfred Ill Once the industry starts up again, there will be even more money for the town.
Kantianism Ethical Egoism Becomes brave and no longer fears death - instead challenges the town to face the moral dilemma Cat. Dec 15, · Friedrich Durrenmatt, the Swiss playwright, novelist and essayist who wrote the plays "The Visit" and "The Physicist," died yesterday at his home .
The Visit, a play by Friedrich Durrenmatt that was first performed in , concerns topics similar to The Balcony.
The anti-capitalist play focuses on a woman who runs a brothel. The anti-capitalist play focuses on a woman who runs a brothel.
Friedrich Dürrenmatt was the leading German-language dramatist of his generation, after Bertolt Brecht. He dominated German, Austrian, and Swiss repertoires and was familiar to audiences throughout Europe, North America, and South America.
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