: A Deconstructive look at the Characters of Mother Courage and her Children by Bertolt Brecht Introduction Mother courage and her children is a play written in 1939 by Bertolt Brecht who is a German dramatist and poet. It is set during the thirty years’ war. It is about a woman called Mother Courage but her real name is Anna Fierling and her 3 children Eilif, Swiss Cheese and Kattrin. She tries to take care of them and protect them throughout the whole play. Her courage however, is as questionable as her motherhood. She gets the nickname mother courage from her loaves business. Balancing between being a mother and a woman in the war turns out hard for her. She in the end up losing all three children while following the war around Europe and end the Play alone with her wagon.