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What have the audience learned by witnessing Mother Courages actions The audience can either learn nothing or learn a lot by watching Mother Courage This is the nature of Mother Courage Brecht believed that an audiences emotional involvement in the characters and action tends to cloud its grasp of the plays message In his so-called epic theatre style he tried to shatter traditional stage illusions of reality by using various visual techniques and an unemotional acting style For example performers would read their lines in a deliberately expressionless manner To Brecht such a device allows the audience to focus on the lessons to be drawn from the play This is how the audience can learn nothing or many things from the play They are detached from the action using the xxx This will cut off the audience from the play and then have to look at it objectively Brecht did this by not having a linear plot but having a montage of scenes These scenes showed the main character in a number of different situations and the audiences were meant to decide in their own minds whether that character acted in the right way This was meant to be the way that Brecht would politicise the people to his way of thinking Brecht was a Marxist but never joined the Communist party as he felt it was not going to do the job it set out to do and there would still be inequalities Therefore many of his plays had a communist theme or were set in communist countries like The Caucasian Chalk Circle In Mother Courage Brecht gives us the facts about Mother Courage and he tells us what she does sells dead soldiers things to the opposition Mother Courage knows no loyalty but to her business and to her family whom she tries to protect from the ravages of the carnage Eventually the war exacts its pound of flesh its payment for her
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