BEL AMI - The character of Maupassant's Georges Duroy is not unique in literature. The young, ambitious man who has no scruples but achieves success appears in other works of 19th-century French literature - Stendhal's Julian Sorel, Balzac's Eugene de Rastignac and Maupassant's Georges Duroy have much in common. They all find themselves in a similar situation, they come from poor and primitive conditions and the confrontation with the world of the rich and powerful creates extreme envy in them. And from envy it is a small step to hate, a hatred that is the driving force behind all their actions. They hate everyone who has what they do not. And when they find out how high society functions, what its foundations and principles are, they lose their illusions entirely and sell out their convictions and their opinions, sometimes even breaking the law. The attempt to raise themselves up, excel, live in riches and in a world into which they have as yet only glimpsed, provokes the to be avidly ferocious and ruthless.
22nd International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (Printed Edition)