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Religion in Jez Butterworth's 'Jerusalem'

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Natasha Qvortrup

on 20 January 2015

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Transcript of Religion in Jez Butterworth's 'Jerusalem'

"The present crisis we’re dealing with began 300, 400 years ago, when the science of materialism took over from any kind of ritualised religion in our life, and attempted to explain what it is that we’re doing here and was supposed to provide us entirely with our sense of meaning. It took away the sense of mystery and belief that humans so urge for, in order to position themselves within a narrative, to ‘be part of a plot’.”
- Jez Butterworth on Jerusalem
Religious Parallels
Mythology and Paganism
St George's Day
Folk Law Figures
The Holy Land
Anthropological ideas
in Jez Butterworth's 'Jerusalem'

The Temple
by William Blake

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England's pleasant pastures seen!

And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England's green & pleasant Land
'Who gets the contracts? Who gets the kickbacks? You're right. Kids come here. Half of them are safer here than where they are at home. You got nowhere else to go, come on over. The door's always open. You don't like it, stay away. What the hell do you think the English forest is for?'
- Johnny Byron (p.98)
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