human beings), and the illusion created by scenery (this attempts to convince us that we are in a place other than the theatre invoking a kind of storybook fantasy) -Brecht’s major contributions to the theater was to free the critical faculties of the audience by freeing them of illusion. -He developed the Verfremdung effect or the shattering of illusion. Hw wanted to show things in the most unfamiliar way possible in order to keep you from falling into habitual responses. -First we want to shatter the illusion of story. He believed that the traditional writing techniques (ibsen, shaw, oneil, williams) needs to be smashed in order to bring life back into the theatre. He believed that we have to stop trying to make the audience feel like the events in front of them are happening for the first time and are real. The truth is that the story of the play is an artificial construct. The story of every play is an artificial construct and the audience should not forget that. These are actors; people with their own beliefs which may vary from this show. -His first effort was to find a style of theatre which would never let you forget that it was theatre. -Didactic theatre is theatre meant to teach.
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-He drew from shakespeare, medieval theatre, the circus, and traditional storytelling. All of these forms use a linear structure. Often each new scene in brecht with occur without any necessary connection to the scenes before it. This kind of theatre
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