Like Brecht’s preceding Galileo, the play has a seventeenth-century setting. But unlike Galileo it is situated during the Thirty Years’ War, a gruesomely bloody clash of nations. The protagonist is a rough and ordinary person trying to find her way through the maze of different petty authorities. The profit motive is not the motor of historical progress, but a necessity for continued individual survival – bought with the death of all Mother Courage’s children, a chilling reflection of the destruction wrought on Germany by this war. The structure is devoted to the ruin of a family in particular circumstances, not, as in Galileo, to the exploration of an exceptional individual. Brecht’s …
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