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21l 486 - Modern Drama

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David Roe Copenhagen 1 The play opens with the revelation that all three characters are dead After some of the plays this semester this seems tame but how does it affect your interpretation of the action Is it hard to determine when the characters are living in memory and when they re in the present dead Do you think this would be hard on stage 2 Perhaps the most obvious feature of Copenhagen is its inclusion of and focus on quantum mechanics Were you convinced by the scientific dialog eg the discussions of nuclear physics on 33 34 uncertainty on 66 Do you think it would be more convincing for a less scientifically educated audience Similarly there are a lot of metaphors and puns on quantum mechanics Do they add to the play Annoy 3 The play presents three different interpretations of Heisenberg s visit to Bohr in 1941 What distinguishes them from each other What effect does this repetition have Which do you believe the most 4 Heisenberg repeatedly admits to not remembering events exactly Yet Bohr and Margrethe are also remembering things Do you trust Heisenberg s versions of events less than theirs 5 Do you see Heisenberg as being on trial during the play How about Bohr What conclusions does the play lead you toward about the morality of creating nuclear weapons 6 What is Margrethe s role in the play Clearly she s there to serve the metaphor of an observer of two particles but what else 7 Bohr is compared to the Pope on page 39 What is the role of religion in the play see also 64 71 74 92 8 The decreasing lengths of questions comes to an end Bohr expresses a desire to express himself in plain language 38 Does he succeed Does the play succeed in making the science accessible 9 How does Heisenberg s desire to remain in control affect the audience s perception of him Does it undermine his attempt to defend his actions 10 Heisenberg notes about his meeting with Bohr that it has to seem natural It has to be private 7 In what other ways does the play contrast appearance



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