The Caucasian Chalk Circle

by

Bertolt Brecht

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The Red Sky Symbol Icon

When Governor Georgi Abashwili is removed from power, the sky over the town of Nuka turns red with fire as the peasants, far from the palace, begin to riot. Later in the play, when Grusha returns to Nuka to await her trial, the sky is still red—it has remained all these years a symbol of social unrest, chaos, and the common people’s desire for an end to corruption at any cost. In the world of epic theatre, theatrical devices such as projections were commonly used to communicate the themes and motifs of the play to the audience. The red sky is one of these devices, which signifies the play’s themes of chaos, corruption, and political turmoil.

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The Red Sky Symbol Timeline in The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Red Sky appears in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: The Noble Child
Motherhood as Leadership Theme Icon
Corruption Theme Icon
Chaos and Chance Theme Icon
The sky has turned red with flames from the city, and when Natella sees this she goes “rigid” with fear.... (full context)
Act 4: The Story of the Judge
Corruption Theme Icon
Justice and Injustice Theme Icon
Chaos and Chance Theme Icon
One of the Ironshirts notices that the sky is turning red with fire, and says that on the outskirts of town the people are still revolting.... (full context)
Act 5: The Chalk Circle
Motherhood as Leadership Theme Icon
Corruption Theme Icon
Justice and Injustice Theme Icon
Chaos and Chance Theme Icon
...away from the child as he is led into the palace. There is a “ fire-red sky ” over the palace. Grusha stands with the former governor’s cook, who tells her that... (full context)