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Jack H.

asked • 07/09/20

Brecht's Life of Galileo and the need for hero

Regarding Brecht's Play 'The life of Galileo'

There is a part where Andrea says 'unhappy the land that has no heroes'

and Galileo says 'No, unhappy the land that needs heroes'

Can you make reference to the play and explain which one of these statements does Brecht himself side with?

1 Expert Answer


Richard F.

Note that Brecht would have heartily loathed Marvel movies - and in fact much of our popular "hero" culture - as evidence that we are far down the rabbit hole of self-delusion. These stories make us feel good. But they do so by telling us a lies about the way the world works.


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