Shen Tai, a prostitute, offers to have the Gods stay with her. The Good Person of Szechwan was written by Brecht in The play opens with Wang, a water seller who is on a search for Gods who are visiting Szechwan. Shen Teh, a prostitute, offers to have the Gods stay with her. In return, the Gods thank her by giving her silver dollars.
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They arrive at Setzuan looking for good people, but so far have found no one that will let them stay the night in their home. Too many men too greedily Hold on to it as they drown. An entire homeless family has invited themselves to stay in her tobacco shop, and Mrs. Shin has been getting rice for free from her. These words acknowledge that Shen Te cannot help everyone; if she tries, nobody will survive, including herself. Carpenter: "Call Shen Te, someone! The carpenter is appalled because he knows that if he were dealing with Shen Te instead, he could get the price he wants.
Shui Ta equates "good" with "ruined" to prove the point that Shen Te cannot help everyone without going under herself. Shui Ta. However, this idea also applies to the way Yang Sun thinks of love; though Shen Te really cares for him, he only wants to marry her if it means he can take her money to get a job for himself as a pilot in Peking. Though Yang Sun has not been introduced at this point in the play, these words will ring true for Shen Te she is hearing them as Shui Ta later.
I only have to lay my hand on her shoulder, and church bells ring. She loves him so she is blind to his dishonesty. Yang Sun reveals to Shui Ta his sexist approach to manipulating her; she is a "woman," so obviously she is weak when it comes to taking a stand against love. Though Shui Ta hears these words from the mouth of his her lover, it does not change his feelings about Yang Sun.
She has recently realized that she is pregnant and that she will have she assumes a son to take care of. That means that she can no longer neglect her own financial well-being in order to help others who do not earn it; she needs to take care of a child in the near future, so this "good" behavior would be even more irresponsible than it already is. After this revelation, Shen Te remains Shui Ta for six months in order to earn money at the expense of others. You write the happy ending to the play!
According to translator Eric Bentley, the epilogue is usually delivered to the audience either by Wong or by Shen Te, but not in character; rather, as the actor who played one of those roles.
It alienates the audience, making it impossible for them not to see the play as a moral and political question. This acknowledgment of how impossible it is to be good when "goodness is not in demand" references the slippery definition of goodness in this play.
At this point, the gods are confident that they will find other good people in the world, so they are willing to give Shen Te support and to acknowledge that it might be difficult for her to remain good.
By the end of the play, they have lost hope, and they want to cling to the possibility that Shen Te is good, despite the odds against her. Shui Ta is a businessman, so he can deal with people more harshly and less compassionately than Shen Te does.
The gods are clearly representative of a certain "morality," but they themselves are engaging in a business interaction when they pay Shen Te for a room for the night and as they try to fulfill their quest for a good person. In the end, this quotation is proved wrong, since he becomes a foreman working for Shui Ta and does not, in fact, fly.
The Good Woman of Setzuan
This title was a play on words, since the German term for "true love" Die wahre Liebe is pronounced the same way. The theme of qualitative " goodness " which seemed so simple and obvious in the title of the play is rendered unstable by application to both genders, as Shen Teh realizes she must operate under the guise of both in order to live a good life. Plot summary[ edit ] The play opens with Wong, a water seller, explaining to the audience that he is on the city outskirts awaiting the foretold appearance of several important gods. Soon the gods arrive and ask Wong to find them shelter for the night.
The Good Woman of Setzuan Summary
Zoloktilar Thank You for Your Contribution! Sistemi di pensiero che accettino il libero arbitrio morale come fondamento non vedrebbero come uno scandalo o una impasse il dualismo tra Shen Te e Shui Ta, pur restando esso stesso comunque problematico. Keep Exploring Britannica Voltaire. Gods Alaji Marie, who doubled as a street-wise butcher, and Eloisa Cardona, who also doubled as setzyan slimey grasping landlady.