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The Open Court, Vol. 21: A Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Science of Religion, the Religion of Science, and to Extension of the Religious Parliament Idea; June, 1907 (Classic Reprint) by Open Court Publishing Company (Paperback / softback, 2016)
Excerpt from The Open Court, Vol. 21: A Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Science of Religion, the Religion of Science, and to Extension of the Religious Parliament Idea; June, 1907 Schiller's first drama, The Robbers, was conceived and writ ten while the poet was still a youth attending school. A critical re view of it will at once reveal the immaturity of the poet, of which indeed Schiller himself was well aware, for in a preface which he wrote in the spring of 1781 he admits that he himself would hesitate to have his play acted on the stage. He looks upon it more as a dramatic poem than as a drama, yet he is confident that the moral tendency of the book will be recognized by all those who would read it with a desire to understand the author, and, while fearing that it might be suppressed, he adds that fire should t be con demmed because it burns, r water because it drowns. The truth is that Schiller's first drama in spite of its crudities exhibits a marvel ous dramatic force unrivaled among the productions of the age of storm and stress to which it properly belongs. The age of storm and stress was a period of transition in Germany in which the lead ing Spirits were in a state of fermentation and Showed an extra ordinary anxiety to rebel against every established authority, and so in Schiller's Robbers the hero; Karl Moor, is a robber chief, a man who for the sake of the wrongs which he has suffered would upset the whole moral order of existing institutions and wage a war against society itself. The real villains pretend respectability and represent the social order, but they perish in their own snares. Karl visits his home after years of absence and is t recognized by his people, t even by Amalia, who, however, is reminded of her unfortunate lover by the personality of the mysterious stranger whose features she compares with a miniature of Karl which she always carries about her. The robber hero finally atoms for his wrongs. Hearing that a price has been set upon his head he surrenders himself to the father of a starving family and thus ends his career with an act of charity. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.