- Ber·tolt [ber-tawlt] /ˈbɛr tɔlt/, 1898–1956, German dramatist and poet.
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And anyway, if Brecht did not want us to feel for Mother Courage, why did he make her so richly shaded and humanly fallible?
Brecht placed his merchant-mother in a dark universe of impossible choices.
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.
The fact that most audiences end up feeling some degree of sympathy for Mother Courage irritated Brecht to no end.
- Bertolt (ˈbɛrtɔlt). 1898–1956, German dramatist, theatrical producer, and poet, who developed a new style of "epic" theatre and a new theory of theatrical alienation, notable also for his wit and compassion. His early works include The Threepenny Opera (1928) and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1930) (both with music by Kurt Weill). His later plays are concerned with moral and political dilemmas and include Mother Courage and her Children (1941), The Good Woman of Setzuan (1943), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1955)