Friedrich Durrenmatt, Plays and Essays – The Visit

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VIC103Y1: Ideas and Fine Thoughts January 9th, 2012.
Friedrich Durrenmatt, Plays and Essays The Visit
Friedrich Durrenmatt
Born in Switzerland in 1921
Died in 1990
Loves to write detective stories
WW2 occurred b/w 1921 and 1990
Born to conservative family
Father was a protestant minister
Family had many privileges w/o being super wealthy
Didn’t participate in the war because they were neutral and because his father was
clergy
Durrenmatt has no direct experience of war
Looking to overturn religion and the ways in which people were believing w/o
reflecting and trying to raise ethical/humanitarian issues through his lays
Trying to get Switzerland to look at what it was doing
Durrenmatt studied some philosophy
The Visit
Set in Guellen (meaning ‘dung’)
Town is symbolic
What’s wrong with the town? They have no money
Small town in a wealthy country, has no money
Plotno money? Find a job. How?
What is the problem in Guellen? There are no jobs to be had
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