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Bertolt Brecht in his historical fiction Life of Galileo focuses in on the life struggles and convictions of the famous 17th century scientist Galileo Galilei Brecht specifically uses the persecution of Galileo by the Catholic Church and the imagined discussions between Galileo and Andrea Sarti to raise questions about the role of the scientist in society Galileo after being pressured by the Inquisition to keep silent the first time is approached by the Little Monk and they start to discuss the role the scientist should have in society Galileo believes that if authority is rewarding me for not disturbing the peace of mind of peopleif I were to agree to keep my mouth shut my motives would be thoroughly low ones an easy life and freedom from persecution 64 Galileo is admitting that he finds the incentives of keeping silent mainly being allowed to continue his research and not being persecuted compelling This gives the reader great insight into the mind of Galileo because by keeping himself from revealing anything for eight years Galileo admits that his own life is more important than the incredible discovery he made This brings up the question of Should a scientist be persecuted for a controversial discovery that has the potential to advance human thinking at the expense of a life free of potential problems for himself However the discussion continues when the Little Monk asks if the truth will get through without us so long as its true 64 Essentially the Little Monk is asking if Galileos theory is in fact true doesnt its truth necessitate that it will somehow be revealed Galileo responds by saying no no no The only truth that gets through will be what we force through 65 Galileos response raises another interesting question What will the implications be of Galileos actions or any scientist for that matter on society if he stays quiet and if he is the only one that can
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