Day 2

Mother Courage and Her Children Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    What is the significance of Kattrin putting on Yvette's boots and imitating her walk?

    As a character, Katrrin is largely subordinated to her mother and her mother's wishes. Living in itinerant army camps and being forced to put off her own wishes—romantic, sexual, and otherwise—until peacetime at some unforeseeable point in the future, Kattrin has few opportunities to exercise either her own femininity or erotic desire. Yvette, on the other hand, as camp prostitute, has access to these things (even if in a somewhat degraded form) and her "sexy" red boots are a symbol of feminine eroticism par excellence. Kattrin putting on and walking in Yvette's boots can be interpreted...

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