The life of Galileo: a narrative theatre of Brecht in disposition of human aims


The epic theatre of Brecht invites spectators to analyze dominant issues concerning economic, social, and political matters, additionally guiding them to consider possible alterations. In his plays, Brecht strives to prohibit the metamorphosis of spectators by creating a gap between characters and spectators thereby encouraging them to develop critical ideas about society. Readers therefore should avoid being subjective, and consequently be able to view contemporary issues objectively and critically. In The Life of Galileo, Brecht avails himself historical resources for resolving a significant modern issue, thereby transforming his play into a historical drama. According to Brecht, science should reflect social responsibility in order to be in the disposition of human aims. There are three schemes in The Life of Galileo. In the first scheme, Brecht believes that any scientific evolution brings about general progress for people-an idea derived from Galileo. In other schemes such as nuclear power and arms for the massacre of humanity, Brecht has undoubtedly questioned scientific evolution.