Schiller's <i>Die Räuber</i> and Shaw's <i>Don Juan in Hell</i>

Stanley Weintraub

in Who's Afraid of Bernard Shaw?

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037264
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041544 | DOI:
Schiller's Die Räuber and Shaw's Don Juan in Hell

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Don Juan in Hell is a dream-play interlude within Man and Superman (1903), and is replete with deliberate echoes of Mozart's Don Giovanni. However, its resonances seem to go beyond Mozart and beyond the Don Juan legend. Perhaps the most striking character in Shaw's play-within-the-play emerges in act 3, and is then metamorphosed into the dream play. He is Mendoza, the brash and cosmopolitan Jewish brigand, a rebel intellectual who seems to emerge from the scruffy and boastful Jewish highwayman Moritz Spiegelberg in Friedrich Schiller's first play, The Robbers (1781). Much else, including the dream imagery, suggests Schiller's drama, but above all the feisty Mendoza, who becomes the sophisticated Devil in the dream interlude.

Keywords: Schiller; Mendoza; Spiegelberg; dreams; rebels; Devil

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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