The Good Woman Of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht

In this play, three gods descend to Earth in search of a single good person, and they find Shen Te, a kind-hearted but impoverished prostitute in the Chinese province of Szechwan. To reward her goodness, they give her money, which she uses to buy a tobacco shop. However, her generosity leads to her being exploited by everyone around her. To protect herself and her assets, Shen Te adopts the male alter ego of Shui Ta, who is pragmatic and shrewd. The dual identity allows her to navigate the complexities of societal expectations and moral dilemmas, ultimately questioning whether it is possible to be good in a world that rewards selfishness and greed. The play explores themes of economic inequality, morality, and the struggle to maintain goodness in the face of harsh realities.

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Published
1943
Nationality
German
Type
Fiction
Pages
Unknown
Words
Unknown
Original Language
German

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