Character Sketch of Cook in Mother Courage and Her Children

The Cook provides comic relief in this disturbing satire on war. He is a greedy man, prepares food for the Swedish general but leaves quickly when the food is insufficient. He is cynical and is on the lookout for opportunities he can get from the war. He is an aging lover who has seduced many women including Yvette, the camp prostitute. He plans to open an inn along with Mother Courage. He invites her to be a part of this comfortable life but without Kattrin, Mother Courage’s daughter. He also agrees with the Mother that war is nothing but a racket.

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