Berolt Brecht - Mother Courage

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Essay – Analysis of scene five of “Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder” Bertolt Brecht is one of the most influential German writers of the 20th century well known especially for his playwright, poetry and theatre director career. He lived between 10th of February 1898 until the 14th of August 1956, period which has been proven to have influenced both him and his writings throughout life. Before the outbreak of the Second World War, as soon as Adolf Hitler and the Nazis took over power over Germany, Brecht found himself in the desperate situation of finding a way to leave Germany as he was known as being a Marxist, there for a communist which the new regime would not tolerate. Even though he was a communist he has never been a member of the Communist Party, but this did not stop him from keeping his sympathy for this political view. During the war he became a prominent writer of “Exileliteratur”, showing his opposition to the National Socialist and Fascist movements through his famous plays : “Leben des Galilei”, “Der gute Mensch von Sezuan”, “Der aufhatsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui”, “Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis”, “ Furcht und Elend des Dritten Reiches” and last but not least “Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder” written in 1939 considered to be one of the greatest anti-war play of all time having as a protagonist a woman, Anna Fierling also known as “Mutter Courage”. Bertolt Brecht is known best for not following “Eine Aristotelische Dramatik” (Suhrkamp Verlag – “Schriften zum Theater”), but creating a new concept of the 20th century theatre by the creation of a fourth wall which separates the stage and the actors performing the play from the audience. The spectators are now able to experience a new type of directing a play never attempted before. It is as if they would actually simulate a time machine which can allow them to share the same feelings and emotions as
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