Joyous shouts, quick and lengthy movements, the dazzling colorful fabrics, men, and women of all shapes and sizes, and the cheers and dancing to music that is fitting of the carnival occasion. It is a bright setting that warmly welcomes all peering eyes. It is a bountiful experience of peace and freedom that appeals as a small community apart from the world. In the midst of this carnival, the crowd’s voices suddenly die down, and they part like the red sea from the bible, and all their eyes look intently and attached to the mysterious closed curtains at back center of the carnival. Once, what was a colorful, festive, and fun carnival now looks slightly dulled, filled with tension, and waiting eyes, like time has frozen in its place. Breaking the quiet scene, a silent magician abruptly pops out. His mischievous gaze glowers at the people, and he does a brief head-tilting bow acknowledging both sides of the divided crowd, and the crowd returns his bow. The magician is equitable to god, to clarify, the terminology “god” does not refer to a specific religious god, but the general definition of god, meaning a...
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... corner out of distress, and then the two couples sneak away while the crowd gathers around Petrouchka murmuring their astonishment on what they had seen the puppets do without their master. Petrouchka’s death looked so real that the crowd was sad, confused, and angry. But the magician sneaks in saying that it is all a trick and Petrouchka is merely a puppet. The people calm down and see that he was not a real man. But after the crowd leaves, Petrouchka’s ghost appears, confirming that he was human, and his soul is in agony and anger towards god.
Petrouchka is a tragic unrequited love story, with large power plays made by god. In the end it is revealed that the god manipulated the fates of Petrouchka, the Moor and ballerina, they are human souls inhabiting puppets, and the magician is more than a charlatan. He is god whom controls the fate of his three human souls.
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