Pity the country, to paraphrase Brecht, that needs literary heroes.
And anyway, if Brecht did not want us to feel for Mother Courage, why did he make her so richly shaded and humanly fallible?
Along with Galileo, it represents Brecht at his epic apogee.
Remember that satirical Brecht line about it being perhaps easier for the government to dissolve the people and elect a new one?
But does this translate into a reason to ignore the giants of the German canon: Goethe, Mann, Brecht?
Brecht placed his merchant-mother in a dark universe of impossible choices.
The fact that most audiences end up feeling some degree of sympathy for Mother Courage irritated Brecht to no end.
Still, Brecht did manage to do some courageous things during the war—one of them being the writing of Mother Courage.
When Brecht penned these lines, his continent hovered on the precipice of a journey into hell.
On some level, Brecht meant for Mother Courage to be an ambivalent figure—he called her “a great living contradiction.”