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Bertolt Brechts Mother Courage and Emile Zolas Therese Raquin are both works with characters that possess maternal instinct There is not a definite explanation for maternal instinct because it can be viewed differently Although this is true there is often a stereotype woman with the right qualities of maternal instinct This often articulates unrealistic images in peoples minds Instinct means an imposed set of values imposed by the society and the way they think a mother should naturally act by Realistically the instinct depends on the mothers disposition the way she wants to behave depends on her emotions which cannot be articulated Therefore it is not possible to impose a definite set of values for how a mother should act for it varies from one mother to another Mother Courage is a mother who fights for a living so that her three children can survive the war War to her is a necessity because she needs the business from the soldiers in order to survive but on the other hand war is her ultimate enemy She is doing everything to keep her and her children from being involved with the war It was her husbands death that lead to her natural defenses for her children and the war which in turn resulted in expressing her strong maternal instinct Also Mother Courage is forced to make decisions and puts a lot of effort into trying to stay with her children For example when the Cook proposes to Mother Courage Kattrin realizes that the Cook thinks she is a burden and does not like her Therefore she decides to leave but Mother Courage chooses to leave the Cook and follow Kattrin instead Here Mother Courage has sacrificed her potential welfare in order to protect her only child left Mother Courage Well go off in tother direction and well throw cooks stuff out so he finds it silly man But just by looking
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