Phrase: “The Demonstrator need not be an artist.”

Brecht uses “The Street Scene” as a basic model for epic theater. He uses the bystanders’ reenactment of a street accident to show the way in which an actor should be used in an epic. “The demonstrator need not be an artist” (Brecht 122). The actor’s focus should not rely on his or her ability to become a character. What is more important is having the audience aware that they are not witnessing an actual accident but a representation of one. “[I]t is important that he should not be too perfect. His demonstration would be spoilt if the bystanders’ attention were drawn to his powers of transformation” (Brecht 122). This type of representation leads the audience to form their own view about the accident/scene.

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