Galileo

What is the author's style in Galileo by Bertolt Brecht?

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Galileo's intelligence and shrewdness are paramount in his characterization. As such, Galileo displays a good amount of wit, puns, sarcasms, and sly analogies, especially when he must speak carefully or in intercourse with someone who might be dangerous and mean him harm. This is evident in Scene Six, in which Cardinals Bellarmin and Barberini confront Galileo about his teachings. Galileo defuses the situation by quoting proverbs from the Bible, ones which defend his point of view about the value of truth. Galileo starts with the proverb, "He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him." The corn in this case is truth, which in one sense could be said to offer a sort of intellectual sustenance. By using quotes from the Bible, Galileo shows that (at least ostensibly) he is a believer and good member of the Church. He is also providing wisdom that the Cardinals really cannot refute, given the divine and unquestionable nature of the Bible.

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