Mother Courage and Her Children | Study Guide

Bertolt Brecht

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Mother Courage, Scene I C ourage is the name they gave me because I was scared of going broke. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, Poetry Foundation Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Drum Represents Kattrin’s resistance to wartime violence Cart Stands for survival and the lasting nature of war Yvette’s Boots Symbolize sexuality and the possibility of love during war Symbols Mother Courage’s brash son; recognized as a hero in war but executed as a murderer in peace Eilif Lutheran pastor; cowers behind religious affiliations rather than emerge as a spiritual leader Chaplain Victimized, mute young woman; loses her hopes for happiness but finds her voice during the long war Kattrin Cynical, resilient businesswoman focused on making money; earns her living selling wares during the war Mother Courage Main Characters Imbued with political criticism, satire, and song, many of Brecht’s works are particularly anticapitalist and antiwar. These themes are clear in his most famous play, Mother Courage and Her Children. Theatrically revolutionary in their dismissal of conventions, Brecht's works remain a relevant and moving dramatic experience. BERTOLT BRECHT1898–1956 Author The powerful benefit more than the poor, but wartime capitalism devalues all life. Capitalism War divides rich and poor, and women use their wits to exert power over men. Power Struggles Courage during war takes troubling forms that bring inhumane instincts to light. Courage During the Thirty Years’ War of 1618–48, Mother Courage and her children travel from battlefield to battlefield selling goods to soldiers. Mother Courage appreciates wartime for what she earns, but she must give something in return: the lives of her children. The Inhumanity of Capitalism and War THEMES German Original Language 1941 First Performed Bertolt Brecht Author Mother Courage and Her Children War Literature Play

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