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Brecht comments on michels social standing suggesting

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fice. Brecht comments on Michel’s social standing suggesting that if ‘your fathers a thief, your mothers a whore, all the nice people will love you therefore’. Brecht makes us realize that to survive one needs to be like this, exploitation is the fault of the wealthy. If grusha uses the wealthy robe of the child to put around herself as a gestus the audience can see how she is now linked to the wealthy and the child is a target of greed. In Caucasian Chalk Circle Brecht comments about the corruption of the legal system in Scene 6, highlighting that despite the Governess’s obvious dishonesty and insincerity he remains badly disposed of Grusha as she is ‘hasn't got anything’ to bribe his favor. He jus- tifies, ‘you want justice but do you want to pay for it, when you go to the butcher you know you have to pay’. In a production the judges stand could double as a modern cash register to display the inversion of the concept of justice. In class we acted this scene with comedic exaggeration to display the absurdism of societies transfixion with materialism . The baby could be only a doll and the rich blanket smothers the face then we understand the con- nection with materialism This presents demonstrates a social dilemma, In a society gov- erned by deception and corruption who wins? The audience here is asked by Brecht to make their own moral opinion. When instructing actors during a brechtian production, actors should not emphasize with their characters but rather separate themselves from the character and demonstrate their actions. This moves from the Stanislavsky method of acting where the actor recognizes the character and presents them from their personal perspective as Brecht encouraged a demonstrative style allowing the actor to portray a character form a variety of perspectives.
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