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This is reflected in a great deal of literature, with concepts such as the “golden ages”, the “golden years”, or the Romantic period playing a key role. There was a time, now very far a way When we set up together, I and she. I’d got the brain, and she supplied the breast. I saw her right, and she looked after me – A way of life then, if not quite the best. And when a client came I’d slide out of our bed And treat him nice, and go and have a drink instead And when he paid up I’d address him: Sir Come any night you feel you fancy her.

As an alternative, Brecht should have something rather than cause and effect to connect the separate parts of his play. com suitable means to achieve this unity. Twelve separate scenes are presented in Mother Courage and her Children; each does not cause the next, yet all are thematically related to one another. At this point of ‘thematic unity’, the ideas and the techniques are manipulated and interwoven with each other. The whole play is regarded as an offproduct of corruption of war and how human values are profoundly tainted by the circumstances of such deadly business.

Furthermore, to be kind or not to be kind and to help people or not to help them, are two major powers that push Shen Te to have a decisive attitude to protect her money. She would rather be kind than be wicked. However, as more and more people exploited her generosity, she felt somewhat undervalued and not respected. Her benevolent deeds did not win her others’ respects but invited more people trying to make use of her. One of the major dramatic conflicts of the play, for instance, takes the shape of class struggle as far as money, greed and power are concerned.

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