Mother Courage and Her Children is a play by Bertolt Brecht that was first performed in 1941. A modernist play comprising what might be considered a set of allegorical tales lifted over a thirty-year span, it defies certain expectations of drama, focusing less on action and events than on delivering its messages about war, human conflict, and human nature.


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