Heinrich von Kleist, Amphitryon - Inhaltsangabe 1. Akt, 1. Akt, 2. Akt, 4. Akt, 5.
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You will admit that I must be something. And simply, I have been de-Sosiasized, Just as you have been de-Amphitryonized. After their night of love, Jupiter asks Alkmene whether the body in her arms was that of the husband or of the lover. Not that it escaped me In this happy night, how, from the husband Often the lover can distinguish himself; But since the gods united the one and the other In you for me, I forgive this one with pleasure, For what the other one perhaps committed.
Moreover, the perception that sex has both a physical and a metaphysical dimension vibrates throughout the play — and comes to a head in Act Two, Scene 5. Alkmene says to Jupiter that, in order to pray to the divinity, she needs to invest him with human features: Soll ich zur weissen Wand des Marmors beten? Should I pray to a white marble wall? I need features now, to think of him. Jupiter, embracing her, asks her to choose between himself and Amphitryon.
If you, the god, held me here in your arms, And then Amphitryon appeared to me, Yes — then I would be so sad, and wish, That he were the God to me, and that you Remained Amphitryon to me, just as you are. Of course, at the end all is explained, everybody is forgiven and reconciled. No hard feelings, we might say. But there are hard feelings, the dark undertow will not go away — and it vibrates in the final utterance of the play, one of the shortest and most famous curtain lines in all German drama.
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Doch nicht, dass ich nicht Ich bin, weil ich bin. Und wer will es ihnen verdenken? Also stellt er sich Sosias in den Weg und fragt, wer er sei. Der Diener trollt sich.
Mythology[ edit ] Amphitryon was a Theban general, who was originally from Tiryns in the eastern part of the Peloponnese. He was friends with Panopeus. He fled with Alcmene to Thebes , where he was cleansed from the guilt of blood by Creon , king of Thebes. Alcmene, who was pregnant and had been betrothed to Amphitryon by her father, refused to marry him until he had avenged the death of her brothers, all but one of whom had fallen in battle against the Taphians. It was on his return from this expedition that Electryon had been killed. Amphitryon accordingly took the field against the Taphians, accompanied by Creon, who had agreed to assist him on condition that he slew the Teumessian fox which had been sent by Dionysus to ravage the country.