The Threepenny Opera is one of the greatest and first commercial successes of Brecht, and it was staged and written in 1928. It was introduced to the audience only 2 years after another famous work of this author, Man Equals Man, and it represented a new and interesting style. The latter work had its roots in the Augsburg youth of Brecht and it was developed form a number of influences, but The Threepenny Opera was designed for a specific purpose.
The author decides to avoid changing the text as much in his other works, and he developed the plot into a novel and a screenplay. So, the text of this famous play remains connected to the period of the German history in which it’s written. The plot opens with a special song that describes the bad things done by Macheth, the main character of this interesting opera. He is a man who always wears white kid gloves and he committed different crimes, including stealing cask boxes, murdering, raping, setting fires, and so on.
Mr Peathum is another prominent character in this plot and he owns an outfitting shop for begging at the very beginning. This means that all people who want to start begging in this city must go to this shop and pay him money to be allowed to do that in specific locations and provided with the necessary props. This character is quite angry to learn that his daughter called Polly is seeing some man because he doesn’t want her to marry anyone at all.
His wife describes this man and this is how Mr Peathum finds out that he is Macheth, the most powerful criminal in this city. This couple is getting married secretly, and it’s interesting that all the presents her new husband gives are all stolen goods. This wedding is attended by the sheriff who doesn’t arrest the gang, but he congratulates the couple. That’s because he and Mac are old friends and the latter one always shares his stolen goods with him.
Before the men of Mac leave, they decide to surprise this couple by showing them the bed they prepared. When Polly comes back home, she finds out that her parents are very angry about this marriage because they know about everything. They start arguing and this conflict ends up with her father’s decision to destroy her new husband. He wants to report the sheriff about everything, but Polly is sure that Mac won’t have any problems because of that. The end of this story will surprise any reader, so its synopsis should be analyzed after reading everything one more time.
The Threepenny Opera is one of the greatest and first commercial successes of Brecht, and it was staged and written in 1928. It was introduced to the audience only 2 years after another famous work of this author, Man Equals Man, and it represented a new and interesting style.