Bertolt Brecht Essays

  • Bertolt Brecht

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    Bertolt Brecht. Brecht was born Augsburg, Germany in 1898. He then attended university in Munich in 1917. It was while he was at university that he witnessed the Bolshevik Revolution which was the first event to influence him. Brecht wanted what had occurred in Russia to repeat itself in Germany as he saw all there was to gain from a Revolution. This was the first influence that gave Brecht his voice in social and political issues. In 1918 Brecht was called up for World War 1 as a medical

  • Bertolt Brecht and Epic Theatre

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    Bertolt Brecht attempted to fight what he saw as a corrupt capitalist society with his best weapon: Theatre. By implementing a style of theatre that invoked audience engagement in a novel way, he hoped to call attention to the crookedness of German society and ignite a revolution. He called his technique Epic Theatre, which needed the participation and cooperation of both spectator and performer to be effective. Epic Theatre is structured in a certain way so that the audience may apply critique to

  • Escapism In Epic Theatre, By Bertolt Brecht

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    Bertolt Brecht was a German playwright, theatre critic, and director. He created and developed epic theatre with the belief that theatre is not solely for entertainment but also tools for politics and social activism. Previous theatre performances offered a form of escapism. The audience would become emotionally invested in the performance. In contrast to the suspension of disbelief, Brecht never wanted the audience to fall into the performance. He wanted the audience to make judgments on the argument

  • Bertolt Brecht - His Alienated World

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    German dramatist Bertolt Brecht, through his clash of ideology with the opposing theories of Realism and Naturalism, developed the concepts of "alienation" and "historification" and through these, successfully made an enormous impact on the world of theatre which continues to this very day. Brecht sought a type of theatre in which the audience could concentrate on a play's themes or didactic statements rather than becoming emotionally engaged with its characters. Thus, he developed the revolutionary

  • Epic Theatre: The Influences of Bertolt Brecht

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    Response Essay “Theatre makes us think about power and the way our society works and it does this with a clear purpose, to make a change.” The ideas of Bertolt Brecht (1898-1965) changed the theatre in many ways. Brecht along with Erwin Piscator developed the style of Epic theatre style contrasting to previous accepted styles. Presentational in form, Epic theatre is a vehicle for social comment through techniques such as: alienation, historification, eclectic influences (highly Asian), constructivism

  • The Good Women of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht

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    written by Bertolt Brecht, it is not easy to tell whether it is a tragedy or a comedy. Although the play has many comedic elements, the general storyline is quite sad and most of the characters end up worse off than they were at the start of the play; although the elements of comedy that Brecht does choose to include are an essential part of the play. Each piece of comedy serves a specific function to broadening the understanding of the message of the play. Through the alienation effect “Brecht desire[s]

  • The work of Bertolt Brecht for ideas and inspiration

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    Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of the most prominent Brechtian filmmakers of the New German Cinema Period. His work closely resembled that of Brecht which could be due to that they had similar ideologies and backgrounds in the sense that they both saw problems with the people of their country becoming passive consumers and less becoming active producers. This was achieved by making the audience aware of what they are watching and allowing them to see the political aesthetics. According to Alan Lovell

  • Life of Galileo Galilei by Bertolt Brecht

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    Play Analysis: Bertolt Brecht’s “Life of Galileo” Brecht’s work activates the senses and makes the audience slip into a trance of critical frenzy. He has taken the idea of Epic theatre to further dramatize his work and thereby portrays the characters in a realistic way so that it is up to the audience to form views about them. In this scene, the audience is exposed to a private talk between the Pope and the Cardinal Inquisitor, themes of public unrest and conflict within society between the two

  • Quotes From The Museum Of European History By Bertolt Brecht

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    ghostwriter for the renown playwright, Bertolt Brecht. Hauptmann worked with Brecht for several decades on and off, contributing hours of time, energy and work to his theatre collective and individual projects, with little to no accreditation. The Museum of European History has decided to include these letters to showcase the thoughts and emotions of the women who tirelessly worked to have their names and stories published, under the guise of being aided by Bertolt Brecht. While there is still scholarly

  • Mother Courage and her Children by Bertolt Brecht

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    her carriage away in tattered clothes but it also mentions how the armies are just as tattered if not more so. The play is masterfully crafted in order to sell his ideas but also warn of the costs that accompany Brecht’s opinions and in this respect Brecht has succeeded on an immense level.

  • The Life and Works of Bertolt Brecht

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    The Life and Works of Bertolt Brecht In this essay I will consider the life and works of Bertolt Brecht, the famous theatre practitioner who has had such a dramatic impact on our understanding of the theatre and acting. First of all I will give a biography of Brecht because it is important to know the background of his life in order to understand the motives he had for writing and producing plays in the way he did. We will see a direct correlation between events in his life and the plays

  • Use Of Song In Mother Courage And Her Children By Bertolt Brecht

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    Epic theatre, pioneered by Bertolt Brecht, was a popular theater form in the 20th century that utilized song (‘musical insertions’) as a prominent dramatic feature. Not only were songs used for the purpose of entertainment, but to present a theatrical experience unblemished by emotional judgment evoking critical and objective opinions and thoughts within the audience. Brecht’s use of song in Mother Courage and her Children highlights the character of the independent, tenacious and persevering protagonist

  • Bertolt Brecht, LeRoi Jones and Antonin Artaud

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    Bertolt Brecht, LeRoi Jones and Antonin Artaud In LeRoi Jones's play, "Dutchman," elements of realism, naturalism and non-realism abound. The play features characters such as Clay, a twenty-year-old Negro, Lula, a thirty-year-old white woman, both white and black passengers on a subway coach, a young Negro and a conductor. All of these characters take a ride that, for each, ends with different destinations and leaves the audience to sort through the details and find conclusions themselves

  • Bertolt Brecht's Mostology, Epic Theatre

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    by contemporary practitioners with similar aims? Bertolt Brecht was one of the greatest play-wrights of the twentieth century whose methodology also had a huge impact on the development of the modern theatre. According to Peter Brook, Bertolt Brecht is still one of the key figures of our time,nevertheless today 's theatre works start or return to his statements. However, Peter Brook argues that even in his life time Bertolt Brecht was widely misunderstood in terms of theatrical perspective

  • Comparing and Contrasting Brecht and Stanislavski

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    Bertolt Brecht and Constantin Stanislavski are regarded as two of the most influential practitioners of the twentieth century, both with strong opinions and ideas about the function of the theatre and the actors within it. Both theories are considered useful and are used throughout the world as a means to achieve a good piece of theatre. The fact that both are so well respected is probably the only obvious similarity as their work is almost of complete opposites. Stanislavski was born in 1863

  • Motherhood and Revolutionary Ideas About Theatre in Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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    About Theatre in Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle Bertolt Brecht’s play The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a social and political commentary, focusing on justice and motherhood. Using revolutionary theatrical techniques and devices to reinforce his theme, Brecht attempts to free his audience from the constraints of traditional theatre, enabling them to make impartial judgments of their own. Despite combining these radical ideas about theatre with the theme of motherhood, Brecht does not wholly

  • Weimar Trauma

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    “What keeps mankind alive? The fact that millions are daily tortured stifled, punished, silenced and oppressed?” These lyrics, that resonate during the act 2 finale of Bertolt Brecht’s and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (1928), encompass notions of trauma and prompt the overarching theme of my thesis research. This thesis seeks to explore trauma as a form of performance that is engrained in historical contexts and may be used as an analytical lens by which to view cultural (e.g., theatre, dance

  • Postmodernism in the Theatre

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    facts are not always true, the idea that all religions should be recognized as legitimate, rationalization, and equality. Three theorists that we have studied this semester, that exemplify postmodernism, are Adolphe Appia, Antonin Artaud, and Bertolt Brecht. Adolphe Appia was an influential Swiss theorist for the stage, specifically known for his work on scenic design and lighting. Like many other postmodernists, Appia rejected the modern ideals of art, of representing truth, and instead he wanted

  • Different Views of Tradition in Mother Courage and Her Children and Blood Wedding

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    This essay is about the poetic drama written by Fredrico Garcia Lorca, Blood Wedding, and the play written by Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and her Children. In Blood Wedding, Fredrico Garcia Lorca focuses on the moral and social norms people usually follow. They belong to a rural society which is conservative and at times primeval; they follow and respect only the traditional values to which they are accustomed opposite to the liberal social outlooks. They can't accept conduct outside their social

  • The Importance Of Trauma In Literature

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    and loss. Emily Dickinson, Bertolt Brecht and Kazuo Ishiguro each address such emotions in their works, and provide their audience with different methods to cope with trauma. While Dickinson offers seclusion and self-reflection as methods to deal with personal tragedy, Brecht suggests that stoicism and the repression of emotion are the means by which one can endure trauma. Finally, Ishiguro addresses collective trauma, and cautions against such repression