May 20, 08
Read in March, 2005
This story takes places during a war (typical German lit) presumably WWI. It is a war character story where Mother Courage looks after a myriad of "her children." Brecht comically names the honest son "Swiss Cheese." Brecht perhaps points to the reason Germany is in a constant state of war: "You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization. And when do you get organization? In war? Peace is one big waste of equipment." (p.23) "War feeds its people better... War is a business propostion." (p.82) "War satisfies all needs, even those of peace,..." (p.76) It shows how each character functions because of the war.
I think perhaps what is dangerous is that it unites everyone under a central idea, creating a unified power, and with power comes ego, which in tern causes death.