PROJECTION OF 'STRUGGLE' AS A REVOTIONARY SPIRIT FOR SURVIVAL AS PICTURED IN BERTOLT BRECHT'S PLAYS LIFE OF GALILEO AND MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN: A STUDY
Peer Reviewed Journal International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Review
This paper is an attempt to understand the literary and dramatic art and achievement of the foremost and leading young dramatist Bertolt Brecht, who has portrayed his characters as fighters struggling for survival in the society by combining patience and impatience, courage and cowardice, pride and servility, sobriety and enthusiasm, sensuality and asceticism, commitment and synicism, betrayal and love of truth. This article is designed on the basis of two plays, Life of Galileo and Mother
... leo and Mother Courage and Her Children where Galileo is portrayed as a man who is right in fighting to sweep away all obstacles and struggle for survival while in Mother Courage and Her Children, the dramatist portrays the protagonist as the woman who experiences the class struggle within herself by suffering both as a mother and a business woman. Ordinary human beings' will and struggle for survival are carefully scrutinized and studied to some extent. Bertolt Brecht, the foremost and leading young dramatist, won an international stature among the well-known dramatists and directors of the twentieth Century. He struggled to survive and survived to struggle and through continuous struggle for survival, he became a success in the Weimar Republic. No doubt, he was a revolutionary in every sense of the term in spirit, attitude and action in the field of Theatre Arts. Brecht was a man of indomitable will both in his writings and his life. Born on Feb 18, 1898, he was christened in the protestant Church influenced by his mother. In the words of Esslin; "He was a sensitive and taciturn child, non-conformist and rebellious in a quiet, negative way" (P5).