At a glance:
- Author: Bertolt Brecht
- First Published: 1949
- Type of Work: Play
- Type of Plot: Play of ideas
- Time of Work: 1624-1636
- Setting: Europe
- Genres: Drama, Problem play, Epic theater
- Subjects: Mothers, Parents and children, Europe or Europeans, War, Seventeenth century, Death or dying, Ethics, Business or business people, Capitalism
- Locales: Europe
Anna Fierling, called Mother Courage, a camp follower about forty years old who sells supplies from a canteen wagon to both sides in the Thirty Years’ War. She got the nickname after her mad drive through the bombardment of Riga, made in an attempt to sell her bread before it became too moldy. Mother Courage is an inveterate haggler and trader who profits from the war and dreads the coming of peace. Although she retains several endearing qualities, she is nevertheless the focus of the author’s criticism of war and those who would...
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