This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of The Good Woman Of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht. The Good Person of Szechwan, or, as it was. The Good Woman of Setzuan has ratings and reviews. In , Hannah Arendt hailed Bertolt Brecht as beyond a doubt the greatest living German p. The plot of The Good Woman of Setzuan winds through a prologue, ten scenes with numerous interludes separating them, and an epilogue. The action centers.

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For the hundredth anniversary of Bertolt Brecht’s birth born February 10, in Augsburg, died August 14, in Berlinthe theatrical world on all continents celebrates one of twentieth century society’s most implacable critics as well as one of the most influential poets, dramatists, and essayists of our time. When Shen De does something generous and fogets herself doing positiv things, she suffers.

At sefzuan until she sees that this is not working. Shen Teh’s altruism conflicts with Shui Ta’s capitalist ethos of exploitation. In our elaboration of Brecht’s Epic Theater we reach back to the sdtzuan simplest method of theater – playful creativity and the pleasure found in communicating individual experiences to others. When Hitler’s National-Socialist party came into power inBrecht was on their black list.

Most of the action taking place in a poverty-stricken neighborhood. His concept of “epic theater” constitutes a major goood form the principles of traditional Aristotelian theater.

Michael Raimondi as a god, a gossipy housewife and a hilarious high-heeled shod prostitute. John OsborneAugust Strindberg. See 1 question about The Good Woman of Setzuan…. Born in in Augsburg, Bavaria, just outside Munich, in Southern Germany, Brecht lived through all of the European upheavals of goor first half of the 20th Century.

To save her business, Shen Te adopts an alter ego; dressing as a man and acting the role of her tough, pragmatic setzua Shui Ta, she is able to exact just payment. They will interrupt the action, and thus the illusion of “being there,” and they will guide the non-German-speaking audience through the play. How goov she survive as a new and honest person, play straight stezuan a corrupt world of ruthlessness, without her former hard self to help get her through?.


Three unnamed gods are looking for a good human being. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. What Does it Mean to be Good?

But only Shui Ta is made for the world in which they live.

The Good Person of Szechwan – Wikipedia

Until Brecht lived in Bavaria, where he was born, studied medicine Munich,…. Opening with a monologue from a water seller Wangwho is waiting for the Gods on the impoverished streets of a city outskirts, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that not only is this a Brecht play, but also it’s setting is the far east Chinese Culture being god that fascinated him. Jun 10, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: The play follows a young prostitute, Shen Teh Chinese: The director Ahna Demaro, assembled a highly competent cast: The Good Woman of Setzuan, written during Brecht’s exile and set in Communist China, is a parable of a young woman torn between wooman and reality, between love and practicality, and between her own needs and those of her friends and neighbors.

I must start reading up on Marx as Brecht was a proud Marxist from what I’ve heard. Cambridge Companions to Literature Ser.

The Good Woman of Setzuan

Brecht fled to S She feeds more people than she can afford to, without them giving back in any way. Considerations Cautions No Special Cautions. Bertolt BrechtJohn Willett. It seems like goodness needs a lot of pragmatism and life experience not to backfire. Il finale secondo me resta dolorosamente aperto proprio per il fatto che il pensiero comunista manca degli strumenti per affrontare il paradosso morale.


It is for the spectator to figure out how a good person can possibly come to a good end in a world that, in essence, is not good. The play is a parable set in the Chinese “city of Sichuan”.

Jan 08, Hendrik rated it it was amazing. The play takes place in the capital of the Chinese province of Szechuan.

The Good Woman of Szechuan – Program notes

Goox play is about the question whether and how a person can be good in a capitalist world. This play is now one of my favourites!

The selfless, abundant charity of Shen Te or the evenhanded practicality of Shui Ta. I wouldn’t really mind, but I seem to have An old man helped me up and even gave me a penny. The world we are introduced to in The Good Person of Szechwan is a grim one, and the premise is almost allegory: Accessed June 12, Soon the gods arrive and ask Wong to find them shelter for the night.

This inevitably leads her to be tricked and exploited.

But I suppose that was Brecht’s intention. Please try again later. Sign in to your Samuel French account. What in society might we change to invent a happy ending to this story? At the beginning easy to read but as it went on it got more confusing because of the many different characters and what they really wanted and only pretended to want. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. The good act you perform now, might make it that much more difficult to continue to do good in the future especially if you give all your money away.