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Mother Courage - Write a commentary on scene six

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Amma Ankrah-Badu And Geoffrey Asare English Commentary Write a commentary on scene six In scene six, the Chaplain at the bar whistles at Mother Courage on her way to Commander Tilly's procession. They have quite an interesting conversation about the war and her business, which unveils their attitudes towards the war situation at stake. Then, the Chaplain digresses and broaches on the subject of relationship, that is, between Mother Courage and himself. Immediately after the conversation Kattrin runs into the bar with a wound on her forehead and this circumstance reveals Mother Courage's unforeseen traits. We first look at the thematic ideas that arise from the characters' attitudes towards the war. Primarily, the ideas that cut across board in all the scenes is the war's intolerance for virtue. We could notice this air of restrictiveness when the Chaplain talks about the war not being conducive for him to carry out his duties, as he should, that is, spreading the gospel truth. ...read more.


Mother Courage needs the war for her business to survive. "But if the war is going to end it's money down the drain," says Mother courage in her conversation with the Chaplain at the commencement of the scene. The war, to the Chaplain, "satisfies all requirements," which he states in response to the clerk's condemnation for the war. The Chaplain thinks that what one can do at peace time can be done during wartimes, or even more, when he states that, "you can't play cards maybe, nor can you in the depths of peacetime when you are ploughing." We can also tell that the war is advantageous when the soldier at the bar sings his song that symbolises his happiness about the war. We can also talk about the different and conflicting character traits portrayed by Mother Courage and the Chaplain. Mother Courage seems to be untamed, in the sense that she uses rude and insolent talk towards the padre who is supposed to be a prestigious person. ...read more.


The Chaplain also displays certain traits in scene six which we find unconventional of a true padre. We find him to be boastful. He brags about his power and skill, which we think is an attempt to make Mother Courage succumb to his demands. This is seen when he threatens to "preach so you'll lose all sense of sight or hearing." He does not succeed anyway, since Mother Courage does not kowtow to anyone. The Chaplain is also seen to be a conman when he tries to convince Mother Courage into having a more profound relationship with him but does not succeed. She, in great resentment, condescendingly chastises him. We see here that the writer attempts to castigate the proverbial pastor. In a nutshell, we happen to come across the characters showing different but conflicting attitude towards the war in scene six. I think it is the writers attempt to carry a message across from the characters' attitudes portrayed in this scene. ...read more.

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