The Good Woman of Setzuan has ratings and reviews. In , Hannah Arendt hailed Bertolt Brecht as beyond a doubt the greatest living German p. Bertolt Brecht’s choice of the non-existent locale “Setzuan” as the setting for his drama “The Good Woman of Setzuan” is interesting in many respects. First, as a. Analysis and discussion of characters in Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Woman of Setzuan.

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If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. Help us improve this article! Sep 24, W. Both figuratively and physically Shen Te, disappears from the action of the play. One must not only be a good person, but make a decent living for oneself being that good hte. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The play was begun in but not completed untilwhile the author was in exile in the United States.

Keep Exploring Britannica Voltaire. But her kindness is not predicated on giving as good as she gets. Well, you need to be that different person. And what’s odd about the final judgment is that even if Shen Te ha done bad things as Shui Ta, she still remains good.

So even as Brecht is telling us to be good and create a better world, he is showing us doman goodness doesn’t come from our actions, but simply because we are good inherently.

The Good Woman of Setzuan

Sep 20, Mahima rated it it was ok. Otherwise it is a short and interesting read. Cambridge Companions to Literature Ser. The play is about the question whether and how a person can be good in a cap When my boyfriend and I were talking about books, he was more than shocked to find out, that I haven’t read anything from Brecht so far, since he is his favorite author.


Shen Te makes Jean Valjean look like a dream: A seminal theatre practitioner of the twentieth century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter particularly through the seismic impact of the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble—the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht a Bertolt Brecht born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director.

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He who gives help to the lost is lost for his own part Such great lines. Some may find exception with the titular heroine and her Manichean solution to the query — How To Serve Man: Pragmatism and idealism clash in this work, in a way that questions them both. In contrast to many other avant-garde approaches, however, Brecht had no desire to destroy art as an institution; rather, he hoped to ‘re-function’ the apparatus of theatrical production to a new social use.

I cannot tell what occured: Whenever someone is singing a song or building a machine or planting rice it is really friendliness.

She is forced ssetzuan assume this role so often that, as Shui Ta, she is accused of murdering Shen Te. This page was last edited on 4 Novemberat Even Shen Te expresses fatigue with trying to be good, and loses her faith in people. However, Yang Sun doesn’t return Shen Brexht feelings but simply uses her for money and Shen Teh quickly falls pregnant with his child. So I think it’s hard even to make a distinction between the two as separate identities if we wanted to read the play in such a way as to preserve Shui Ta’s goodness by thinking of Shen Te as an actually separate person.


Every character was annoying as heck in here. Refresh and try again. Brecht himself is quite an interesting topic though. She wants a different person. After being turned away at the houses of a few respectable people, Wong asks Shen Te, a prostitute, to shelter the gods. At the age of 16, WW I broke out; many of his classmates perished as cannon fodder in the trenches. Brecht is absolutely amazing and in my eyes a complete genius.

Contact our editors with your feedback. Shui Ta arrives at the shop, coldly explains that his cousin has gone out of town on a short trip, curtly turns out the hangers-on, and quickly restores order to the shop.

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In the morning, the gods reward her by giving her money, which she uses to set up a tobacco shop and stop being a prostitute. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources.

I do not want to calculate the cost. Her plan is to use this alter ego only when it is absolutely necessary, but unfortunately, it often is. Germany did not become a modern nation-state untiland the prior history of the various…. Eventually one of the employees hears Shen Teh crying, but when he enters only Shui Ta is present. That’s the way it is. Per citare ancora Gandhi: Quotes from The Good Woman of Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

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I must start reading up on Marx as Brecht was a proud Marxist from what I’ve heard.