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Revisiting David Ayer’s Fury via Allegory and Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2016, 29(1), pp.157-195
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama

Choi Seok Hun 1

1연세대학교

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ABSTRACT

The essay attempts an allegorical interpretation of the Hollywood anti-war film Fury in comparison to the film version of Mother Courage, drawing on Angus Fletcher’s and Walter Benjamin’s discussions of allegory. Most critics of Ayer’s film, as is the case with other war films in general, focused on the issues of realism and authenticity, thereby failing to capture the thematic significance of what they saw as unrealistic flaws of the film, namely the ‘one-dimensional’ character setting and the ‘incredible’ final battle scene. Allegorical reading of the film with reference to Mother Courage, however, does not only provide an alternative way of understanding the dramatic function of the characters and the last showdown in terms of the overall theme but also sheds light on the so far unexplained symbolic meaning of the tank and the horse. As modern allegories, both Mother Courage and Fury communicate the cruelty of war to the audience in a profound way by means of personified abstractions, contrasts, and interruptions that expose the characters’ gestus to demolish the idealism and romanticism of conventional war narratives.

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