“The Accidental Death of an Anarchist” was a play written by Italian writer Dario Fo in 1980. The play is essentially about the corrupt police force in Italy at this time period concerning the case of an anarchist who ‘falls’ to his death from a police stations window. The main character in this play is the Maniac, who is also the main source of the comedy throughout the play through his use of language and also through the many disguises that he takes on. “Sarajevo Marlboro” is a collection of short stories written by Miljenko Jergovic in 1994. The book takes place in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.
One strong similarity between the 2 books is the way in which the authors portray the internal conflicts of the main characters, and how these internal conflicts create chaos within the novel. In the Accidental Death of an Anarchist, the Maniac displays his internal conflicts through the use of disguise. All throughout the play, the Maniac disguises himself to the officer and the judge, not only to form the farcical tone of the play, but also to disguise himself from who he really is, thus proving that he faces many conflicts as a character. The main character in Accidental Death is the Maniac. The play begins with him being brought into Bertozzo’s office to be questioned about the death of the anarchist.
“Bertozzo: This isn’t the first time that you’ve been up for impersonation is it? In all you have been arrested… let me se… twice as a surgeon, three times as a bishop, army captain, tennis umpire… Maniac: Eleven arrests altogether, but id like to point out that I have never actually been convicted, Inspector. Bertozzo: I don’t know how the hell you have been getting away with it, but this time we’ll have you. That’s a promise.” … “Maniac: Committed sixteen times, same thing every time- ‘Historic mania’ from the Latin, histriones, ‘to act the part of’ –my hobby, you see, is the theater…”
This extract from the very beginning of the play supports the idea...
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