The Good Person Of Szechwan
Bloomsbury Publishing, 17.11.2016 - 224 Seiten
'Brecht's dark, dazzling world-view...makes an absolutely devastating impact. The play is fuelled by the brilliant perception that everyone requires such a dual or split personality to survive.' Evening Standard
Three gods come to earth hoping to discover one really good person. No one can be found until they meet Shen Te, a prostitute with a heart of gold. Rewarded by the gods, she gives up her profession and buys a tabacco shop but finds it is impossible to survive as a good person in a corrupt world without the support of her ruthless alter ego Shui Ta.
Brecht's parable of good and evil was first performed in 1943 and remains one of his most popular and frequently produced plays worldwide.
This Student Edition features an extensive
introduction and commentary that includes a plot summary, discussion of
the context, themes, characters, style and language as well as
questions for further study and notes on words and phrases in the text.
It is the perfect edition for students of theatre and literature.
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In his notes on the opera, Brecht lists the differences between the traditional
dramatic (or Aristotelian) and the new epic (or nonAristotelian) theatre at which
he is aiming. The Lehrstücke, He Said Yes/He Said No – two 'school operas' by
The dramatic is more or less the opposite: the voice of the poet is now apparently
absent from his own creation, and instead we witness, as it were from outside, the
enactment of events in the lives of others, who speak their own words (the ...
The quasiexperimental stance – 'let's tell this story and see what happens', 'let's
try out this argument and see how you respond' – was also to become important
for Brecht and a hallmark of his dramatic and theatrical practice, which sought to
All of this is cast by Brecht as a concerted reaction against 'Aristotelian' or '
dramatic' theatre (by which he often just meant most of the theatre that had
preceded him). For Aristotle (who, like Brecht, was in fact no dogmatic ideologue)
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - jonfaith - www.librarything.com
I want to go with the one I love. I do not want to calculate the cost. I do not want to think about whether it's good. I do not want to know whether he loves me. I want to go with whom I love. Brecht ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - AliceAnna - LibraryThing
Excellent play with a wonderful female protagonist. That the whims of the gods and the inability to be "good" and survive turn her into the more practical male counterpart for survival is fascinating to me. But she should have lost the boyfriend. Can you say "jerk?" I knew you could. Vollständige Rezension lesen