This study guide will help you analyze the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. You can also find a summary of the text, full characterizations, as well as inspiration for interpreting the play and putting it into perspective.
Presentation of the text
Title: Woyzeck (1877)
Author: Georg Büchner
Georg Büchner (1813-1837) was a German playwright and poet, as well as a revolutionary. He wrote several plays that reflected his social and political views, such as Danton's Death and Leonce and Lena.
Georg Büchner died before finishing the play Woyzeck, which is why there are currently several variants that offer different scene arrangements for the play. Woyzeck deals with the troubles of a soldier belonging to the lower class, who is humiliated by his superiors and who discovers that his lover is cheating on him with a drum major. The play tackles important issues, such as poverty, mental illness, and class differences.
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