Friday, March 30, 2012

The Robbers - Friedrich Schiller

Jesus Christ never said what was the reaction of the brother of the Prodigal Son after he made the peaces with his father.

In The Robbers, Schiller looks at this story from the side of the father, and each of his two sons. As the piece develop the reader realizes that all of them have morally sounds reasons to act as they do. In other words, Schiller takes the parable of Jesus Christs and strips it off manicheism while adding psychological complexity at the same time.

That is why theater is better than religion. The ancient Greeks knew that.

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