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The audience to know the narrative so they can focus

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the audience to know the narrative so they can focus on the dialectic elements of the play, allowing them to question the issues that arise. Brecht also strips theatre of allusion in a reaction against realism, he does this through the Verfrumdungseffekt effect, alienating the audience from the plot line. This will be shown in production through a variety of ways, it is typical of brechtian theatre to have the stage well lit as to not elude to illusion. Brecht provides a antithetical argument that displays to the audience that society has made people appear evil. This is displayed when the play ends as mother courage is por- trayed in a coldly realistic style of acting, commenting on the heartless personality traits essential for survival in a materialistic world, ‘I must get back into business.’ Here the last of her children has died, once again at the expense of her business, and she comments on the cart. She crosses the same setting as depicted in scene one this staging represents that she has come a full circle to continue her immorality for eternity. This comment is fur- ther brought forward when The Song of the Great Souls of the Earth is sung, ‘His honesty had brought him to this pass. A man is better off without’. This expresses brechts thematic concern, that honorable qualities become fatal for those who hold them during times of war. This song talks of hero’s who died for their virtues, sung by the cook ironically for food, the cook is an archetype to show that bread is more important that honesty. This is furthered when religion is used solely in desperation ‘we squeal: The Lord God, He knows best!’, the ‘squeal’ indicating that they are religious for selfish reasons. The song breaks
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