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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Shen Te is, like everybody else, a victim to her circumstances, but she is consistently good, in spite of them. Although only a few of his works are still read,…. 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. Eventually one of the employees hears Shen Teh crying, but when he enters only Shui Ta is present. However I like what this play tried to do, and I don’t regret having read it, even if it was for uni.

Had the depression not struck, the Weimar Republic, in spite of its numerous and powerful enemies, may well have survived. Brecht’s modernist concern with drama-as-a-medium led to his refinement of the ‘epic form’ of the drama which constitutes that medium’s rendering of ‘autonomization’ or the ‘non-organic work of art’—related in kind to the strategy of divergent chapters in Joyce’s novel Ulyssesto Eisenstein’s evolution of a constructivist ‘montage’ in the cinema, and to Picasso’s introduction of cubist ‘collage’ in the visual arts.

The Good Woman of Setzuan

As she gets exploited time and time again, Shen Te needs to deal with it somehow. Shen Teh’s altruism conflicts with Shui Ta’s capitalist ethos of exploitation.

Hey, don’t get me wrong. And they seem to find one: Not only as a Playwright, but as a person. Rather, she gives because sharing is a natural art, just like when she paints her mouth bright red to attract male clientele.


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Whether he had an earnest student union debate in mind is a moot point; but you have to admire anything that has a yood crowd with Setzuan on the syllabus shrieking their approval rather than politely sitting to attention. Though the Epilogue sounds like an innocent plea from an innocent man who simply seeks answers, Brecht’s views on religion are more than emphatic in this play.

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.

Jan 03, Ksenia rated it it was amazing Shelves: The audience are not so much on the edge of their seats as hardly ever in them. Sep 24, W. The townspeople also discover a bundle of Shen Teh’s clothing under Shui Ta’s desk, which makes them even more suspicious. Essentially, he did not want passive audiences to emotionally aetzuan with the action and characters, but to participate rationally without being drawn into the illusion. One can at least accredit Brecht with presenting a part of our lives, an unfortunate aspect of reality, if not the complete truth.

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The only thing Shen Te wants, is to be unconditionally good. Shen Teh’s growth as an i He who gives help to the lost is lost for his own part Such great lines.

Guess that’s why I became a lawyer. At the end, following te hasty and ironic though literal deus ex machinathe narrator throws the responsibility of finding a solution to the play’s problem onto the shoulders of the audience.

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Sep 04, Jen Book Syrup rated it it was ok. Well, you need to be that different person. With it, Shen Tei opens a modest tobacco shop and life seems to take shape for the better.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One must not only be a good person, but make a decent living for oneself being that good person. Food only remains to negotiate the technical difficulty of slipping under the radar of the Brecht estate. Effective, but still infuriating.


Brecht always wanted the audience to realize that what was on stage was only a representation of reality, not reality. The play is about the question whether and how a person can be good in a capitalist world.

The play is a parable set in the Chinese “city of Sichuan “. Trivia About The Good Woman of Yood to understand that there are consequences to every action, even the ones that might seem good at the moment. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Three unnamed gods are looking for a good human being. There was a problem with your submission.

Shen Teh also meets an unemployed male soman, Yang Sun, whom she quickly goid in love with after preventing him from hanging himself. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

But are there, maybe, other ways of being good? Opening with a monologue from a water seller Wangwho is setzuab 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 something that fascinated him. Views Read Edit View history.

During the war years, Brecht became a prominent writer of the Exilliteratur. To save her business, Shen Te adopts an alter ego; dressing as a man and acting the role of her tough, pragmatic cousin Shui Ta, she is able to exact just payment.