The Physicists

analytical Essay
803 words
803 words

The Physicists

The Physicists is a satiric play written by the Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt about three physicists who are living in the private sanatorium " Les Cerisiers " headed by the last living member of an old regional aristocratic family, Miss Dr. h.c. Dr. med. Mathilde Von Zahnd. The first one thinks he is Sir Isaac Newton, but he is in reality Herbert Georg Beutler, the second one thinks he is Albert Einstein and his real name is Ernst Heinrich Ernesti. The third physicist, Johann Wilhelm Möbius is different, he has got no second identity but he is in this sanatorium because King Solomon speaks to him.

We enter the play when many men are in the saloon. It is the place of a tragedy as Mr Ernesti has strangled a nurse. Mr. Beutler has also killed a nurse a couple of months ago. The inspector is slightly annoyed because he has to visit Les Cerisiers the second time during a short period of time and because he can’t speak to or take away the murderer . He is also expressing the wish of the public prosecutor that the sanatorium has to be taken over by male nurses because of the two murders by the two physicists.

During the course of the play the personal and physical change is perceptible. Both the main characters and the environment are changing. For an example in act two, Herbert Georg Beutler alias Sir Isaac Newton turns out to be a long lost world famous physicist

Alex Jasper Kilton who discovered the "Theory of Equivalents" also Albert Einstein alias...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the satirical play the physicists, written by the swiss author friedrich dürrenmatt. the first one thinks he's sir isaac newton, the second one believes him to be albert einstein.
  • Analyzes how the inspector is annoyed because he has to visit les cerisiers the second time during a short period of time. the public prosecutor wants the sanatorium to be taken over by male nurses because of the two murders.
  • Analyzes how the personal and physical change is perceptible during the play. herbert georg beutler turns out to be a long lost world famous physicist in act 2.
  • Explains that alex jasper kilton who discovered the "theory of equivalents" and albert einstein alias ernst heinrich ernesti are the long lost discoverers of the eislereffect.
  • Analyzes how the inspector changes rapidly after the death of monika stettler caused by the harmless physicist johann wilhelm möbius.
  • Narrates dr. mathilde von zahnd, the head of the institution, who is in her mid-fifties and has the appearance of an old maid.
  • Analyzes how möbius accuses her of denying king solomon. she considers herself a medical wonder that is quite normal.
  • Analyzes the role of the public prosecutor in the play that paves the way for the change to a kind of high security prison.
  • Analyzes how herbert georg beutler alias sir isaac newton and alex jasper kilton, a famous lost physicist, discovers that johann-wilhelm isn't mad and plays this role to save his secret.
  • Analyzes how albert einstein, ernst heinrich ernesti, joseph eisler, and kilton try to get in favour of johann-wilhelm for their secret service.
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