Galileo Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

Galileo Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

The Copernican system (Symbol)

The Copernican system is a symbol of truth. Unlike many other scholars, who teach their pupils about “ the universe of the divine Aristotle ”, Galileo stays committed to The Copernican system. As soon as his telescope provides him with needed proof that the Copernican system is accurate, he is ecstatic. Even being “ warned by his friend of the possible consequences of his research ”, Galileo continues to work. He finally finds what he was looking for. He believes that this is the end of theological debates and the beginning of a new page in history of science.

Life of Galileo (Allegory)

This play itself is an allegory. Both Galileo and Brecht believe that “ the old days are over and this is a new time ”. They both believe in transformation of the society they live in and like Galileo says “ a new time has begun, a time it’s a pleasure to live in ”. Later on, Galileo understands that it is not so, that this time is as dark as previous centuries. The life of Galileo is the allegory of Nazi Germany, where many people are blinded with false promises and incorrect information.

A truth-seeking process (Motif)

Galileo is a truth-seeker. He is ready to change the world, for he finally manages to find the proof that the universe is different. He says that “getting people to understand it is the reason why I go on working”. Truth is the most valuable and expensive thing in the world: it can change lives, cause conflicts and pacify, and that’s why Galileo puts all his heart and soul in his work. It is also the main reason why the scene in which he has to recant is so emotionally devastating.

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