The Robbers.  Friedrich Schiller

The Robbers


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The Robbers by Friedrich Schiller is the firstdramaby German playwrightFriedrich Schiller. The play was published in1781andpremieredon 13 January 1782 inMannheim, Germany, and was inspired byLeisewitz'earlier play Julius of Taranto . It was written towards the end of the German Sturm und Drang ("Storm and Stress") movement, and many critics, such asPeter Brooks, consider it very influential in the development of Europeanmelodrama. The play astounded its Mannheim audience and made Schiller an overnight sensation. It later became the basis forVerdi'soperaof the same name, I masnadieri . The plot revolves around theconflictbetween twoaristocraticbrothers, Karl and Franz Moor. The charismatic but rebellious student Karl is deeply loved by his father. The younger brother, Franz, who appears as a cold, calculating villain, plots to wrest away Karl's inheritance. As the play unfolds, both Franz's motives and Karl's innocence and heroism are revealed to be complex. Schiller's highly emotional language and his depiction of physical violence mark the play as a quintessential Sturm und Drang work.[ citation needed ]At the same time, the play utilizes a traditional five-actstructure, with each act containing two to fivescenes. The play uses alternating scenes to pit the brothers against each other, as one quests for money and power, while the other attempts to create a revolutionaryanarchyin theBohemian Forest. Schiller raises many disturbing issues in the play. For instance, he questions the dividing lines between personal liberty and the law and probes the psychology of power, the nature of masculinity and the essential differences between good and evil.

Friedrich Schiller

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  • Memorable Classics eBooks
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  • 9791221372236
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  • December 26, 2021
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