Brecht’s epic wants us to be distanced emotionally so that we can see the bigger political/ social picture. Mother Courage doesn’t learn anything but the audience sees the manipulations and futility of war. Brecht turns the spectator into an observer, he is made to face something, there is a central argument presented (political/social aspect), the human being is alterable and able to alter. Brecht also wants to appeal to reason and not emotion, each scene is for itself (not necessarily following a plot), the development is not linear but happens in curves and jumps. Throughout this essay I will attempt to analyse and explain how Mother Courage and Her Children could be understood as being ‘Epic’. I w...
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...oduction, she stated that “I happened to see a performer called Duke Special in Los Angeles, who had short hair on one side of his head, dreadlocks on the other, wore red bell-bottoms and some sort of cravat, and played a lot of peculiar instruments. He seemed quite Weimar to me, so I asked him to write the music for the play. What he wrote was so thrilling, we 've invited him to crash on to the stage and sing alongside us. That feels very exciting – I feel we 're making a brand new thing. Tony Kushner 's translation is also new, although true to the original. Like Brecht, who used a peculiar German for the play, he has written a hiccupy English, which often has the verb at the end of a sentence.” The national theatre’s production did have the desired effect that Brecht would have wanted, as they did leave the audience members inspired and wanting to change society.
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