Jesus Christ Superstar - Study Guide Act 1, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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Act 1, Scene 4 Summary

As he calls Mary Magdalene a prostitute, Judas says that her presence does not help Jesus's image. The authorities need only a small excuse to arrest all of them, allowing us to now see a very human and self-centered Jesus. He replies that if Judas's slate is clean he can throw stones. He rebukes the disciples as shallow, thick and slow men who do not know or care if he comes or goes. Judas does not deny this, but the other disciples do.

Act 1, Scene 4 Analysis

Throughout the story, Judas is concerned with his own fate and with that of the disciples and other followers of Jesus. Jesus begins as a man "inspired" by God, but to do what is never clear. If Jesus is indeed just a man, then he can come across as human and prone to human frailties and sexual...

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