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Context In Mother Courage And Her Children By Brecht

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Context in Mother Courage and her Children by Brecht

There are many different contexts to the play and they are all
influenced by social, cultural and historical implications. The
context of the play itself and how it was written and performed for
the first time and now were all influenced by events that occurred in
Brecht’s life. The play itself discusses the thirty year war but is a
clear reflection of the Second World War. Brecht believed that the war
only took place for the economic benefit of the government and decided
to portray this within his work. Marxism was the influence that gave
Brecht hope that there was good within humans although some needed
re-awakening. Therefore his objective was to make people aware of this
and he did this through a process of alienation. The play Mother
Courage and her Children was Brecht putting his ideas into practice as
the whole play involves alienation and concentration on the political
message being portrayed.

Brecht’s work was banned from Germany and some of his performances
were even disrupted by police and due to the portrayal of the war
through his work his plays were socially unacceptable. Due to this
social implication the context of Brecht’s play itself conveyed the
true nature of the war to its extremes and this decision is clearly
apparent in Mother Courage and her Children. The Chaplin was observed
as the ironic hypocrite whom represented religion but was too scared
to stand up for what he believed in. He held the message that war
feeds on human selfishness. Brecht’s opinions on war are very clearly
portrayed and it was the state of the war at this time and the strong
beliefs yet weak actions of the people, which helped him decided to
make this indication in his play. He also decided to let all the
scavengers survive reflecting the idea of the survival of the fittest.
All the honest good people were killed which was a clear reflection of
the Second World War and his opinions on it. It is definite that the
Second World War was a big influence on the way the thirty year war
was portrayed in Brecht’s work. Brecht was also in exile and forced to
move to Sweden and then Finland. He saw more of the world and bought
this cultural element into the play as Mother Courage travel around
Europe on her cart. Being forced out of Germany also bought additional
hatred towards the war, which impacted the negative attitude conveyed
within the play.

Historical implications had a big influence in the context of the play
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