The Effects Of Fear On The Spy

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The Effects of Fear

When an environment of fear is presented to a group of people, you begin to see a shift in social structures. Additionally, those effected become paranoid, and untrusting not only of those initiating the environment, but also of each other. These behaviors are criticized by Bertolt Brecht in The Spy. In The Spy, a German family has just finished lunch, and the mother and father began to speak of what is happening to the country, forgetting of their son’s presence in the room. Once the boy leaves, his parents become fearful that he has gone to report them upon his return, having gone to buy chocolate, the parents are still suspicious of the boy. This fear is brought on by the possibility of punishment from the government, which has caused the family to become paranoid. These environmental changes, and the reactions to them by the German people, is what is being criticized in The Spy.
The largest and most important thing Bertolt Brecht criticized in his play The Spy, would be the environment the Nazis created. The Nazis not only created the death camps and events from the holocaust, but they also created an environment of fear, and tension amongst the German people. This is expressed in The Spy in many ways. One of the more subtle ways would be the description of the weather. The man describes the rain saying, “It’s a disaster, it’s raining like this. It’s quite intolerable, living in a country where it’s a disaster when it rains.” (Bertolt Brecht, 2) The…
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