Brecht & Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins presents a satire of America written in 1933 which we watch in a 1993 video art production directed by Peter Sellars. This “sung ballet” tells of two Annas leaving the their family in the country because of their necessity to make their fortunes in the cities. The work features depictions of an unnamed city (for Faulheit/Sloth), Memphis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and San Francisco.
Tennessee Williams’ Ten Blocks on the Camino Real is another work of the “imaginary city.” It purports to take place in one small city (The Camino Real) in a South American country, however it all may really be a dream space, or the land of fiction (complete with famous literary characters), a depiction of hell (as per the epigram), an allegory of prison life, or possibly a parody/satire of the USA itself.
Like Brecht & Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, Williams’ Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (which we watch in a 1966 TV production) is a difficult, challenging, modern artwork, sometime abstract or obscure or ambiguous, that deals starkly with both the poetical, and the profane. Both works are radical and unusual, and as such they require effort and a certain open-minded willingness to push past initial discomfort and confusion and engage in an intellectually rigorous fashion.
Write a five paragraph, single spaced essay, with an additional work cited page (MLA style) at the end.
Your essay should follow this outline:
PARAGRAPH ONE – INTRODUCTION – introduce Brecht & Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins as directed by Peter Sellars and Tennessee Williams’ Ten Blocks on the Camino Real as you frame a connective through line argument about both works with a clear “if ______________, then _________________, and so ___________________” thesis at the conclusion of the paragraph.
PARAGRAPH TWO – start with a strong topic sentence – unpack the representations of the cities in Brecht & Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins — the unnamed city (for Faulheit/Sloth), Memphis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and San Francisco in Brecht & Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. Despite being a work of grotesquery, what truth does this abrasive satire suggest in each city? Collectively what do all seven cities suggest about the USA? what does director Peter Sellars add to Brecht/Weill and what are his effects?
PARAGRAPH THREE – start with a strong topic sentence – unpack what the (location of) Camino Real might be, and enter the debate if it is allegorical, and why or why not. Continue by examining what Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (the one-act play) says about the city and cities.
PARAGRAPH FOUR – start with a strong topic sentence – connect (“add up”) your interpretations of Brecht & Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins with your interpretations of William’s Ten Blocks on the Camino Real – how are they similar works and how are they different? explore them both as visual media works, and as literary texts – what do they each contribute to the idea of “the imaginary city”?
PARAGRAPH FIVE – CONCLUSION – reach an original conclusion about Brecht & Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and William’s Ten Blocks on the Camino Real – are they relevant works, why or why not? – what can both works tell us about urban life? how are real cities different than imaginary ones?
WORK CITED PAGE – MLA STYLE
Requirements: 1400 words
. Please make sure to follow the outline.
Anna I is concerned that Anna II is envious of some people’s lives in the city living. Anna I then cautions Anna II against being envious of worldly things, considering they eventually fade, and those who are not envious end up getting rewarded (The Seven Deadly Sins 38:42-41:12). The depictions of the seven cities collectively serve as a suggestion of the materialistic mindset that has taken root in American society. Essentially, people are willing to do anything as long as they can make money.
Tennessee Williams’ “Ten Blocks on the Camino Real” has constantly stirred up intense debate, with people offering varying city locations depicted as Camino Real. Even though Williams consistently insisted that Camino Real was an imaginary city, its conceptualization was modeled after a city in Texas. This is because there are numerous depictions of elements of Mexican culture coupled with governmental authority headed by an American, Gutman[1737 Words]