• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Bertolt Brecht.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Bertolt Brecht. Brecht was born Augsburg, Germany in 1898. He then attended university in Munich in 1917. It was while he was at university that he witnessed the Bolshevik Revolution which was the first event to influence him. Brecht wanted what had occurred in Russia to repeat itself in Germany as he saw all there was to gain from a Revolution. This was the first influence that gave Brecht his voice in social and political issues. In 1918 Brecht was called up for World War 1 as a medical orderly. Here he witnessed some of the worst medical injuries created by the war. This experience made him an extreme pacifist. This was the second most influential event that took place which in turn caused him to be in opposition to those international opinionated political powers. ...read more.

Middle

This all influenced Brecht to write his first play Baal in 1918. This raw play and episodic structure was the youth of Brecht's later well-known work, which inhabited a more grotesque quality. His work looks at the incapability one has to have power over the lust and greed in the world. He uses the element of shock in his plays as he relates to his yearning for change and fury at his experiences. It was this yearning to bring change via the use of shock that bought us epic theatre. In 1922 Brecht went to Berlin and this experienced gave him the influence for all his later work. Here he observed real theatre and the cabaret, parts of theatre he never knew existed. ...read more.

Conclusion

He also used great chorus scenes, perceived in traditional Broadway or West- End performances, to demonstrate the significance of the play. Brecht took Piscator's use of technology and political structure and he took the episodic form from expressionalism. Brecht used theatre to express the economic, social and political circumstances of humanity. His political mental picture was not to observe the waste of civilisation due to economic difficulty and social discrimination. Instead he saw an optimistic development into a new society having learnt from their errors. Marxism was such a strong influence on Brecht that it runs throughout his theatre. In Brecht's work actors played characters but remained actors and the stage became reality but stayed the stage. Marxism offered a political perspective that was equivalent to his theatrical form and gave Brecht a powerful sense of significance and importance. Seema Sidhu 12B ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Theatre Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Theatre Studies essays

  1. Modernism.Political Theatre, like the rest of Modernism posed a number of experimental, and often ...

    Agitation Propaganda (Agit-Prop) aimed to stimulate the audience to take political action, through the use of song and short sketches. The other, Mass spectacles, were "...vast pageants of revolution involving casts of thousands" 2.

  2. AS Theatre Studies Portfolio

    The person who would provide our lighting in our piece also verified it as safe, and met their needs without any cause for concern. Furthermore all lose wires were taped down and lights secured with safety chains. Onstage we were aware of safety by checking sharp edges and ensuring that relevant scenery was securely weighted and stable.

  1. Drama and Theatre Studies structured records

    As an initial response to phobias we decided to explore phobias that restrain and dominate everyday life. As a group we were interested in the psychological effects of irrational fears, through discussion, we realised one of our member's arachnophobia and decided to research real life stories showing the influences of phobias.

  2. bertolt brecht

    * Jungle Of Cities (1921-23) * Man Is Man (1924-25) * The Three Penny Opera. (1928) * The Rise And Fall Of The Town Of Mahagonny (1928-29) * Mother Courage and Her Children. (1941) * Life Of Galileo (1943) * The Good Person Of Suzuan (1943)

  1. The Life and Works of Bertolt Brecht

    arguments and be able to come to an informed conclusion of what they thought. The plays that did this are called 'The Lehrstuck' or 'Learning Plays' and I will consider how they were presented in order to involve the audience and get them to respond.

  2. Drama - Response Phase to the unit on war.

    So they had to get away somehow. we wanted to show conflicting views - showing different sides to the story. We portrayed this by using the key element of proximity. the father, who did not want to go into hiding or leave the country, sat behind the rest of the family, arms crossed showing detachment.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work