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Brecht wrote The Caucasian Chalk Circle as an exile finding haven in America during World War II. He was concerned about how war benefits the rich, the contractors, and those who can gain power by it but often hurts the common folk. Nobility and heroism in this play are found not in the upper classes but in a servant with a good heart who does what is right at great personal peril. Will her sacrifices be rewarded? What is the meaning of family? The Caucasian Chalk Circle offers a thought-provoking answer.