Wednesday, February 15, 2006

“Of traditional tragedy, MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN retains the sense of overriding fate, the sheer inevitability…Though her name is an irony, and she is, in the first instance, a coward, she also, in the last analysis, needs courage---needs it merely to continue, merely to exist, and this courage is there—inside her—when she looks for it. A human being, she has human resources…With the same good right as the aristocratic Rilke, Mother Courage can say: “Who talks of victories? To see it through is everything.’”

Eric Bentley


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