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When Evil-Doing Comes Like Falling Rain

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When Evil-Doing Comes Like Falling Rain
Author Bio
Poem
Artwork
Brecht's Life
Born February 10, 1898 in Augsberg, Germany
Given name: Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht
Began writing while working in an Army hospital
Died August 14, 1956 in East Berlin
Brecht's Works
First piece: Baal, 1923
First successful piece: Trommeln in der Nacht, 1922
The piece Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder, 1949, led to him forming his own company.
Work reflected views from Dadaist and Marxist movements
Didn't work solely in Germany
Brecht and the War
Brecht had a deep disappointment in civilization after WWI.
He left Nazi Germany for the United States, but returned to Germany again after WWII.
When Evil-Doing Comes Like Falling Rain
Like one who brings an important
letter to the counter after
office hours: the counter is already closed.
Like one who seeks to warn the
city of an impending flood,
but speaks another language. They do not understand him.
Like a beggar who knocks for the
fifth time at the door where he has four times been given
something: the fifth time he is hungry.
Like one whose blood flows from
a wound and who awaits
the doctor: his blood goes on flowing.

So do we come forward and report that evil has been done us.

Like one
who brings
an important letter to the counter after office
hours: the counter is already closed.
Like one
who seeks to warn the city of an impending flood, but speaks
another language. They do not understand him.
Like a
beggar who knocks for the fifth time at the door where he has four
times been given something: the fifth time he is hungry.
Like one
whose blood flows from a wound and who awaits the doctor:
his blood goes on flowing.
So do we come forward and report that evil has been done us.
The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered
there was a cry of horror.

Then a hundred were butchered.
But
when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the
butchery, a blanket of silence spread.
When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out 'stop!'
When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings
become unendurable the cries are no longer heard.
The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.
Theme Statement
In "When Evil-Doing Comes Like Falling Rain" by Bertolt Brecht, he uses illusions to the war and analogies of everyday life to show that cruelty will inevitably be done unto man.
Verwundeter
(Wounded Soldier)
By: Otto Dix
Analysis
The piece is very dark and colorless. This brings across a hopeless and nightmarish mood. Dix manipulates the etching to heighten the realistic and emotional effect of war by making this wounded soldier.The visual reflects the harsh reality of war and what is does emotionally to soldiers.
By Bertolt Brecht
The first time it was reported that our friends were being
butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred
were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered
and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of
silence spread.

When evil-doing comes like falling rain, no body calls out
“stop!”

When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When
sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer
heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.
Works Cited
"Bertolt Brecht." 2013. The Biography Channel website. Oct 26 2013, 06:50
"Brecht, Bertolt." Bertolt Brecht. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., 1995. Web. 26 Oct. 2013.
Davis, Paul. "When Evil-Doing Comes Like Falling Rain." The Bedford Anthology of World Literature. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003. N. pag. Print.
Dix, Otto. Verwundeter. 1924. Etching and aquatint.
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