CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE By Bertolt Brecht


CHARACTER AND CHARACTERISATION

MICHAEL ABASHWILI

noble child

Michael Abashwili is the heir to the throne of the governor. His mother Natella Abashwili shows cold love to him but realizes how important Michael is. The governor had entitled his estate to Michael.

Lovable/salient

The kid makes Grusha fall in love with him. Grusha feels an intense attraction towards the kid that she cannot leave him behind to die.

Adorable/vulnerable

Grusha sees how helpless the child is and feels an obligation to look after him. She yearns to be of assistance despite the risks involved.

Insistent/domineering/ambitious/adamant/influential

Even when he couldn’t speak Michael has a pull around him. When Grusha tries to pull herself from him, she finds it hard. While playing with kids he refuses to play his role as the governor and wants to be the one who cuts the Governor. Given he is the youngest, the other boys reluctant lets him have his way showing how influential Michael really is.

CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE by Bertolt Brecht


CHARACTER AND CHARACTERISATION

GEORGE ABASHWILI/ THE GOVERNOR

governor
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He is the wealthiest Governor in Grusinia. He is the brother to Arsen Kazbeki-the Fat Prince. He has a child, Michael with his beautiful wife Natella.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Salient/withdrawn/disconcerted

The governor does no say much. He speaks less and seems unconcerned with things around him. Moreover, he concerns himself with trivial issues like why the Fat Prince wished him a happy Easter. He fails to recognize the presence of a messenger.

Arrogant/insensitive

The Governor does not recognize the value of good leadership. He is very insensitive to the needs of the people. He doesn’t care about the welfare of the people. “The water inspector takes bribes…”(pg14) But all their petitions fall on the deaf ear of the governor. A man whose responsibility is to look after the welfare of the people acts as though he is in a strange land.

Hypocrite/self-satisfied/possessive

The governor goes to church on the Easter Sunday. From what we see it is more of a ritual than a religious man. As can be seen in the singer’s words, the man was more interested in displaying the young Michael Abashwili than in listening to the cries of the many petitioners. He was more interested in meeting the architects than in hearing the poor messenger. He puts his welfare before the needs of the many. He represents a cluster of leaders who traverse the roads promising good fortunes only to turn and become the most corrupt leaders who give handouts in schools and gatherings like biscuits.

Discerning/selfish/megalomaniac/corrupt

He cuts his wife out of the will and writes all his property under Michael. By the standards of his wealth and uncaring demeanour, it is safe to argue that he had a self-confidence that through his immense power, there was no soldier who would go against him. He was surprised to come into contact with bitter betrayal when the loya Ironshirts turned against him.

Having vast amounts of wealth in a society of so many beggars begs the question on the governor’s integrity. He was dirty and power hungry that he felt no pity staring in the eyes of hungry children on begging skinny mothers.

CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE


CHARACTER AND CHARACTERISATION

SIMON SHASHAVA

SIMON

 

Simon is a soldier of the Palace Guard. He is apparently in love with Grusha Vashnadze, he becomes engaged to Grusha but instead Grusha gets married to Jussup . He is loyal to Governor Georgi Abashwili.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Loyal/patriotic

Simon remains loyal even when the Ironshirts stage a coup against the Grand Duke and his Governors. He promises Grusha that, after he is done with his duty of securing the Missus, he would come back for her (pg23). He fights for his country even though he could have gone safely to the Northern Mountains with Grusha. He only comes back when the war is over (pg60).

Brave/survivor/committed

As a soldier Simon displays his thirst for blood, instead of running away with a girl he loves, he lives her a promise and goes on to war. He braves the winter and makes sure that he survives to come back to his beloved (pg61).

Tactical/wise/resilient

He makes sure that he remains alive by fighting tactically. He is not too ambitious to fight at the front neither is he timid to remain behind. He however, plays it calm to stay alive.

He wisely engages Azdak into a game of wits using proverbs. Though Azdak is equal to the task, Simon hits below the belt earning him a contempt of court charge (pg94).

Loving/forgiving/Understanding/Supportive

He shows his liking to the kitchen maid. He goes further and proposes to her. Moreover, he strives to live to his promise and sure enough goes out in search for her until he finds her. Meanwhile, despite the fact that she betrayed him, he finds reason to forgive her and stand by her during the trial in Nuka.