Woyzeck: Georg Büchne’s Stand on Morality

Woyzeck: Georg Büchne’s Stand on Morality

Poverty makes people trade their morals to meet their immediate needs because the consequences of not taking or taking actions are almost similar. For instance, if a poor, hungry person fails to steal, they are likely to starve to death, and if they are caught, they risk imprisonment or other forms of punishment depending on the societal settings. In this sense, it is alright for Woyzeck to claim that he cannot afford morality because he is wretchedly poor. The play makes an explicit connection between poverty and suffering in relation to Woyzeck's emotional distress, physical pain, and his eventual downfall are primarily associated with poverty. According to Richards, Woyzeck is so poor that he has to sign himself over to participate in an unethical experiment to survive and achieve his financial needs (28). Therefore, in this context, Woyzeck's assertion is true because morality is a luxury that poor people cannot afford; the needy prioritize basic needs for survival.

Naturally, a society evolves into power structures as people exercise their authority over others. People have power over others when they can inst

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