This study guide will help you analyze the play The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht. You can also find a full summary, detailed characterizations, as well as inspiration for interpreting the play and putting it into perspective.
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Title: The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (1898-1956) was a German playwright and poet. He is well-known for his Marxist ideology which influences his plays. His work contain features of epic theater, which is meant to make the audience reflect on political and social issues. Some of his most well-known plays are: The Three-Penny Opera (1928), Life of Galileo (1943), and Mother Courage and Her Children (1941).
The Caucasian Chalk Circle takes its main idea from an old Chinese legend. The play tackles various social issues and is a criticism of a corrupt society that favors the upper classes to the disadvantage of the lower classes.
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