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Brechts intent was to keep the audience alienated or distanced from what is happening in the play so they could freely concentrate on the larger social and political issues that are made and reflected during the play Brecht considered his plays to be epic because it attempted to create a whole new perspective of human history and to indicate the political direction to make things clearer Brechts Epic theatre Brechtian theatre was directed against the fantasy of traditional theatre Brecht instead wanted to encourage the audience to watch events on stage open minded and to reach their own conclusions To prevent spectators from becoming emotionally involved with a play and identifying with its characters Brecht used a variety of techniques One of the techniques used as known as the alienation effect This technique was to remind the spectator that this play is a representation of reality and not reality itself Such techniques including the direct address by actors to the audience exaggeration unnatural stage lighting the use of song explanatory placards unfamiliar settings were used to create this effect What Brecht wanted was a new kind of theatre which reflected the times in which they were living which examined the society that asked questions to the actors and the audience which entertained whilst being a political and social tool to change society Brechts major goal was to make the audience examine the world around them to see things in a new way so they can ask questions on themselves and others around He also gives the opportunity of choice which deals with the responsibility of your actions which there is always an alternative outcome It enables people to wonder why the world around them is changeable and nothing is fixed and you can do something about it Brecht was not interested in his actors becoming their role he wanted them to be able to step out of their character and be detached from their character
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