Survival in Simplicissimus and Mutter Courage

Survival in Simplicissimus and Mutter Courage

by Cara M. Horwich
     
 

This study argues that the underlying link between Grimmelshausen's Simplicissimus and Brecht's Mutter Courage is a concern with human survival in a dangerous world. It focuses on the various threats to survival, the way the characters deal with them, and the price they pay for doing so. Furthermore, it discusses other survival possibilities explored

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This study argues that the underlying link between Grimmelshausen's Simplicissimus and Brecht's Mutter Courage is a concern with human survival in a dangerous world. It focuses on the various threats to survival, the way the characters deal with them, and the price they pay for doing so. Furthermore, it discusses other survival possibilities explored in the texts and comes to the conclusion that both Brecht and Grimmelshausen present figures from the lower clergy as models of survival. This is a surprising irony in the light of Brecht's communism and the setting of religious conflict in both works.

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Argues that Hans Grimmelshausen's (1625-76) "Simplicissimus" and Bertolt Brecht's (1898-1956) "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder" share an overriding concern with human survival in a dangerous world. Focuses on the depiction of various threats to survival, how the characters deal with them, and the price they pay for doing so. Finds that both authors hold up the lower clergy as models for survival, a surprise in light of the setting of religious conflict in both works and Brecht's communism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820430584
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Series:
Studies in Modern German Literature Series, #81
Pages:
153

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