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Unit 1 Play: The Resistible rise of Arturo Ui -Plot Prologue: Plot: The Announcer appears in front of the curtain, which has hung on it various notices

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Candidate Name: Bethany Weston Candidate Number: 4570 Centre Name: Oulder Hill Community School Centre Number: 33237 Unit 1 Play: The Resistible rise of Arturo Ui -Plot * Prologue: Plot: The Announcer appears in front of the curtain, which has hung on it various notices explaining the context of the current situation: "New developments in dock subsidy scandal"... "Ignatius Dullfeet blackmailed and murdered". The Announcer begins prologue, explaining what the play is to be about, and introducing the predominant characters one by one: As they're introduced, each character appears on stage in front of the curtain, conveying some of their traits to the audience. Announcer exits stage, displaying an air of "self importance." Five businessmen, "directors of the Cauliflower Trust" enter. * Subplot: Comparison made between Ui and Richard III. Brecht intended to draw parallels between Ui's "ghoulish" methods of blood shed, and that that took place in the War of the Roses from 1455-1487. "Has anyone heard of blood so ghoulishly and lavishly shed since the battle for roses white and red?" Links are made here by Brecht. The play exposes the methods used by Hitler to gain power and cause so much devastation, and so many of the characters in the play parallel historical figures, significant in the rise of Hitler. Hence, Arturo Ui's rise parallels Hitler's rise to power. Giri parallels Goring, Ernesto Roma parallels Rohm, and Givola parallels Goebbels. In the play, The Cauliflower Trust are intended to parallel the East Prussian Junkers, or landowners, made clear by Brecht through the use of placards. Because of this, play a pivotal role in conveying the events leading to Hitler's rise to power. * Scene 1: Plot: It's conveyed to the audience that the stock market is falling and many men are being put out of business. We discover that many men have declared bankruptcy. Arturo Ui is revealed to be waiting in the lobby. ...read more.


Ui appears representing Dogsborough, and states his case, blaming the deceased Sheet for the misuse of the City loan. "Sheet's suicide was plainly the consequence of Sheet's embezzlement." Bowl is called, by O'Casey, as a witness, to prove that the real owner of the shipyard is Dogsborough, who is keeping it hidden. On receiving a signal from one of Ui's bodyguards, Bowl is shot outside the door. * Subplot: Sign appears: After coming to power legally, Hitler surprises his high patrons by extremely violent measures, but keeps his promises. This once again highlights the intended parallel, drawn by Brecht between Hitler and Ui. * Scene 6: Plot: In Ui's suite, at his Headquarters, the Hotel Mammoth, a ragged actor is lead to Ui by two bodyguards while Givola waits in the background. To improve his image, and rise to power more easily, Ui takes lessons from a classical Actor in speechmaking, movement and posture. * Subplot: The Actor appears to be rather pretentious. This was intentional, as Brecht wished to exaggerate and mock such a character, in this play. Sign appears: The gang leader quickly transforms himself into a statesman. He is believed to have taken lessons in declamation and bearing from one Basil, a provincial actor. * Scene 7: Plot: Ui, accompanied by his gang, is being listened to by a number of small vegetable dealers in the Offices of the Cauliflower Trust. Dogsborough, unwell, sits beside Ui while Clark waits in the background. Ui makes a somewhat pretentious speech, supported by Dogsborough and Clark, asking the small greengrocers for voluntary contributions as "If protection were free of charge, then yes, we'd be all for it." The tradesmen seem unconvinced. "Nothing's wrong in my place." Roma quietly suggests to Ui that the warehouse of one of the objectors should be burnt down, to instil in the dealers that their businesses require protection from Ui. ...read more.


In his sleep, Ui is haunted by the ghost of Roma. "in his sleep: Out, bloody shades! Have pity! Get you gone!" The ghost warns Ui that, since he has betrayed, he will so be betrayed. "In striking me, you struck yourself, Arturo!" Ui awakes and orders his bodyguards to shoot at the ghost, which then disappears. "Shoot! Kill him! Traitor! Get back to the dead!" * Scene 15: Plot: Vegetable dealers meet in the financial district. All of them appear pale. In their discussions they deny to take responsibility in any form for Ui's rise to power, and wish someone else to challenge him and his immoral, unscrupulous ways. Clark announces a merger between the Trust and the vegetable trade of Cicero. "The wholesale house of I. Dullfeet, Cicero, has joined The Cauliflower Trust." Betty Dullfeet advises the tradesman to "put your trust in Mr Ui." A shot is heard as one man leaves. The tradesmen decide to support Ui, and Ui in turn, proclaims the imminent conquest of many cities. "For Chicago and Cicero are not alone in clamouring for protection. There are other cities: Washington and Milwaukee! Detroit! Toledo! Pittsburgh! Cincinnati! And other towns where vegetables are traded! Philadelphia! Columbus! Charleston! And New York!" * Subplot: Sign appears: On 11th March 1938 Hitler marches into Austria. An election under the Nazi terror results in a 98% vote for Hitler. Brecht's epilogue states that such men can gain power at any time if we fail to act against them. It emphasises the fact that we must all be forever vigilant in ensuring that life and breath are not given to those such as Hitler, or indeed Arturo Ui. The signs shown throughout this play are a constant method of emphasising the parallel between Arturo Ui and Hitler. They also indicate parallels between other characters and historical figures that aided Hitler in his rise to leadership, or simply played a significant role in his climb to power. They describe events in history in Germany, that parallel the events taking place in the play at anyone time. ...read more.

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