Day 4

Mother Courage and Her Children Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Peace is ruinous for Mother Courage--why?

    Mother Courage has made a bet on war's indefinite presence, buying new supplies to support the effort. With no war, no one will buy her wares. Students should explore this contradiction and consider the other characters in the play. Do they wish for peace? Does war define them? Does it matter that we, as audience members, have only met them in the context of war? Who else in the play might benefit from ongoing war, and who might in fact wish for peace?

  2. 2

    What do the Cook and the Chaplain fight over?

    The Cook and the Chaplain are engaged in a fight over their respective relationships with Mother Courage. They both...

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