Biedermann und die Brandstifter
He wants peace and comfort. After all, you only live once, and even if his wife thinks that he is sometimes too good-natured, you can't always see bad and evil everywhere. Biedermann is certain: the two poor men in his attic just want shelter. Admittedly, her little quips about arson are a little out of place, but one isn't humorless. After all, it's also about one's own reputation, and Biedermann doesn't want to be seen as narrow-minded and narrow-minded. But self-confidence, comfort and the absolute will to do good make Biedermann overlook what petrol barrels and fuse are clear proof of: he has arsonists in the house. And as an open-minded, unprejudiced person, he himself will pass the matches to them in an act of trust.
With BIEDERMANN UND DIE BRANDSTIFTER, Max Frisch wrote a "teaching play without teaching", in which the truth is used as the best camouflage and a person runs into his misfortune with his eyes wide open because he cannot change his opinion of himself. The frankness with which the arsonists approach Biedermann about his suspicions leads to shame. Shame makes him lie to avoid awkward situations and to avoid looking like a brute. The gap between what Biedermann wants to portray and what he actually feels and thinks is getting bigger and bigger. His assumption that the clearly stated threat of the arsonists could not be meant in such a radical way becomes the last anchor before his own anxiety and leads directly to the catastrophe.
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