Can you please explain the theme of the poem "Crutches" by Bertolt Brecht?

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The themes of the poem "Crutches" by Bertolt Brecht is one of personal weakness (disbelief in self) and overcoming them.

In the poem, the man believes himself to be completely dependant on the crutches he uses to walk. While he can walk without them, his mental dependency has become one of physical dependency (in his mind).

Many times, it is simply ones mind which limits them from being able to do something. Here, this is precisely what Brecht is explaining. The breaking of the crutches by the physician shows the man that he can no longer be dependant upon his mental crutch. Therefore, the loss of the crutch enables the man to examine his disbelief in himself and, instead, force him to believe in his own strength.


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