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Copehagen

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Copehagen

7 December 2012


Copenhagen


Copenhagen is a play of ideas by Michael Frayn about two physicists, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. The play goes on to talk about their much disputed walk and what was said on that walk when Heisenberg came back to Copenhagen in 1941. Frayn explains all the different scenarios and what could have happened on that walk throughout the play but he ultimately leaves all the pressure on the audience to distribute moral sympathies in different ways. Which makes Frayn’s play not a classical detective story. Frayn also creates wider issues from the human character and the human relationships throughout the play.


The wider issues created by the character are not forced on the characters but are created through their very own human interaction with one another. On one level Frayn makes the three characters seem as if they are a family united by love. The author states “And Niels has suddenly decided to love him again, in spite of everything….” (Frayn 23). The love being experienced by Bohr and Heisenberg’s came from their bonding over their scientific field and career but throughout their bonding they seem to leave Margrethe out of their relationship. Frayn states “You played chess with Weizsacker on an imaginary bored” “Who won?...” (Frayn 24). By Margrethe asking her husband who won the game of chess between Heisenberg and Weizsacker you see that Margrethe is not involved in her husband’s relationship with Heisenberg.


Bohr plays older brother to Heisenberg when they first meet because of the age difference between the two but the relationship grows and Bohr and Heisenberg’s relationship grows into a farther and son relationship. The author expresses “Look at them. Farther and son still….” (Frayn 54). This relationship develops after Bohr and Margrethe’s son ...

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