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Mother Courage and Her Children Paperback – 2007


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143105280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143105282
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16 2001
Format: Paperback
Saying that Brecht didn't want his plays to evoke an emotional response is an extreme oversimplification of his theories. He just didn't want the emotional response to overwhelm the intellectual response and remove the audience's capacity to judge the work objectively. In this play, we have a heroine who is not a heroine. We understand her, but we never empathize with her. Consequently, the interdependence of war and economy is illuminated without making the reader wallow in excessive emotion. Yes, we do feel strongly when Kattrin is beathing her drum, but that feeling is not what the audience leaves with at the end of the play.
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Brecht doesn't want emotion because that is Brechtian theater. He thought that in order for a play to invoke social change, it needed to be clear to the audience, that the audience needed to learn something. Emotions, Brecht felt, clog the mind and only feed the brain sentiment, not rational thought. Mother Courage and Her Children is, quite obviously, an anti-war play. Brecht wants you to see that war makes criminals out of everyone, even mothers. He wants you to love Mother Courage while you hate her so that the emotion is cancelled out and you are only left with the thoughts of her actions and why they were wrong. If you want a play to read or perform that is challenging, amazing, and intellectual all at once, this is the way to go. I performed this and I was forever changed.
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well, its not as good as a good FullHouse episode it still ranks up their in the top ten plays I've ever read, allthough so will the next two i read because of my only reading eight to this point. I was forced to read this for english and I don't believe that Brecht achieved his big goal of not having emotion evoked by his works, because Kattrin's banging on the drum is pretty tear jerking if you ask me, allthough it would be more sad if we didn't know it was allready gonna' happen. Wel I'm just wastin' time because I'm supposed to be writing an essay on this right now, so read it, only if you like to read.
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I had to read this for my English/Theater class, and I found it to be extremely compelling and profound. Our teacher told us that Brecht doesn't want to evoke an emotional response, but even so, I was strongly moved by the events that transpire, and Kattrin's ultimate sacrifice. I also had to compare David Hare's version with the translations of Manheim and Bentley, and I found that Hare's was the sharpest because of the way he distills the dialogue down to its core. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in theater, literature, or life.
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By A Customer on Oct. 27 1999
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I can only assume that the previous reviewer choose not to look at the matieral from a critical viewpoint, and because of that saw only what was on the outside of this play. Also why would Brecht not want emotion? I'll stop questing this person and get on to the genius of Brecht. The play is genius, and (after playing in it) I would say its theme is very relevant, and furthermore the play is entertaining to see, and read. So if a production is going on in the neighborhood I would recommend going to see it. BYE
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