Mother Courage

Mother Courage: Metaphors

War Images and MetaphorsIn Brecht’s poetic and compressed style, images and metaphors are important for conveying the overall effect. He uses devouring metaphors for war, such as eating. As terrible as it is, war is attractive to young men. Mother Courage complains about her sons wanting to enlist: “They take to war like a cat …

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Mother Courage: Theme

War Destroys Everything War devours everything, even the victor. The great Gustavus Adolphus died before the height of his career. All the major governments fighting this war became bankrupt, including Sweden that came out to be a greater power afterwards. In the play, the Protestant Chaplain for the Swedish army insists it is a war …

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Mother Courage: Characters

The ChaplainThe Chaplain is the Protestant minister for the Swedish troops. He does not condone Eilif’s murder of the peasants in Scene Two, but when Eilif goes to his execution in Scene Eight, the Chaplain offers to go with him as a minister. The Chaplain takes refuge with Mother Courage behind Catholic lines, taking off …

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Mother Courage: Essay Questions

1. What was the Thirty Years’ War?The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) was a series of wars fought in central Europe between Catholics and Protestants. It was one of the longest conflicts in European history, killing half the population, and involving Germany, Bavaria, Austria, Bohemia, Hungary, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark. Though …

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Mother Courage: Biography

Bertolt Brecht was born on February 10, 1898, in Augsburg, Bavaria. His father Bertolt Friedrich Brecht worked in a paper factory and rose to a management position there. His mother, Sophie Brezing, gave birth to another son, Walter, in 1900, but became ill with breast cancer and suffered with it during Bertolt’s youth. Bertolt was …

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