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What Would You Do?
on June 28, 2017
Friedrich Durrenmatt's three act play is about a wealthy woman returning home to Gluellen, a town somewhere in Central Europe. The German playwright, Friedrich Durrenmatt has created a town desperate for her arrival.
The first act should be entitled "welcome" in which they prepare for a royal welcome for the world' wealthiest woman. Claire is multi married heiress and a character. Claire returns home to right a wrong against her. She challenges the villagers to deliver the body of Alfred Ill, a shopkeeper who broke her heart when they were young.
Acts II and III continue with Alfred I'll desperate to escape his fate. He understands what happened to Claire and her life afterwards. He married a woman for money than love and Claire wants him to pay for it. Claire became a prostitute and suffered a terrible loss.
Despite all her wealth from several marriages, Claire is an embittered woman who wants revenge against her hometown. She has the power and wealth to control its fate.
In reading this play, it is relevant to today as it was in the fifties. Claire is not a sympathetic character. She is cold and uncaring. She has returned for revenge without caring about the consequences. Claire is hard to be sympathetic for her. The other characters are poorly developed except for Alfred Ill.