Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

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Thesis Struggling to seek one's own identity, one's own passions, and one's curiosity has long been something that can cause conflict in society and within an individual. There are those, some great, who are driven to find some truth in life no matter the consequences, even if those consequences were death. In Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, the reader is presented with a man who is driven to seek scientific truths, while also working with the society/Church that would berate him for his studies and findings. The following paper utilizes the story of Galileo as a foundation for discussing the difficulties of scientists who seek the truth when it conflicts with the ideas of the society. Galileo by Bertolt Brecht Brecht's play actually…show more content…
If man can ultimately create a human being through science, of fix what is wrong, then the faith system weakens. In Galileo's time, people were threatened with death for seeking such truths, and surely threatened with torture at the very least for voicing or believing any truths that were not directly from the Church. Thankfully, there have always been scientific and enlightened minds that continue to seek a truth, passionate people who are driven to seek answers regardless of what they have been taught and what the society tells them. It is a dangerous endeavor in many cases, especially throughout history, for imprisonment or torture or death could easily be the punishment. In society today we have less means of punishments, thanks to the freedom of speech we are aloud to voice are thoughts and speak are minds. If Galileo were alive today him and his followers would be well appreciated. WORK CITED Brecht, Bertolt; Bentley, Eric. Galileo. Grove/Atlantic; Reissue edition,
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