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Alpha (Osorno)

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CRUZ, Francisco. The animality: The figure of misfortune in Büchner’s Woyzeck. Alpha [online]. 2013, n.37, pp.79-90. ISSN 0718-2201.

The essay offers a reading of the Woyzeck tragedy, by the XIX century German playwright Georg Büchner. It intends to portray that the fictional work constitutes a sort of antipodes in relation to its source of inspiration: the psychiatric report that precipitated the sentence of the historical subject, which gives the title to the drama. On this point of view, a reading codeis proposed from the set of variations that the play contributes to the subject or the figure of animality. As a neutral, inconceivable, and uncontrollable force, which not only pulls the protagonist towards tragedy, but also functions as a dynamic principle of the complete rangeof characters.

Keywords : Animality; misfortune; tragedy; responsability; inocence.

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