The Visit

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The Visit

• Through an analysis of the characters, compare the ways in which the struggle between internal and external forces is presented.

The play “The Visit” is about a millionaire called “Claire Zachanassian” who wants revenge from an injustice that had happened forty-five years, done by her former lover, “Alfred Ill”, so she returns to her hometown “Guellen” with the intent of giving some money to the town having in return the execution of her former lover. The plot carries various themes that are related to our present day reality, the main theme which is present in the play is, dominance of money, this can be seen throughout the whole of the play. The struggle in the play occurs between the whole of the town, each person
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The schoolmaster also has a struggle but not with the people of Guellen or with Claire, but with his own belief and morals, and who at first defied Claire’s proposal but later he gave up for the money, this strongly supports the theme in which the play revolves around, also strongly relating to real life, where all people are affected by money, and everyone, no matter how strong their morals and beliefs are, break with the right amount of money, this is not just seen with the schoolmaster, but also seen by the Butler, who was once a judge in Guellen who tried Claire forty years ago, he had left Guellen to work for Claire, as she gave him a better salary, but he is treated as a slave, ordered around by Claire. Another character who has been affected by the corruption is the Priest, this shows that even religion can be altered by corruption, as the priest had not followed his beliefs and stopped Ill’s execution, but had nothing to do with it, and did nothing to prevent it, he had left his beliefs for the money. This also is related to our reality, where people are dehumanized but do not care a great deal as they are getting paid.

The struggles are seen by the actions of the whole community, although only affecting one person; they are carried out by many. The whole of Guellen are benefiting from the offer and are taking advantage of these benefit

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