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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So 'epic theatre' is at heart a simple idea, from which a great deal follows. Indeed,
most of the things that we think of as 'Brechtian', the titles and anticipations of the
action, the direct addresses to the audience (which are particularly frequent in ...
Epic. theatre. v. dramatic. theatre. 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
Dramatic theatre Epic theatre plot narrative implicates the spectator in a stage
situation turns the spectator into an observer but wears down the capacity for
action arouses his capacity for action provides him with sensations forces him to
Of all the terms which Brecht employed this was at the time perhaps the most
important, and it has since become the notion which for most people defines
Brechtian epic theatre. It has been variously translated, most commonly as '
Separation of the elements: The first statement of epic theatre was in the
programme for an opera, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Here
Brecht was concerned to counter the Wagnerian idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk,
the total, ...
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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