Brecht's "The Good Person of Szechwan" Analytical Essay by Shaad

Brecht's "The Good Person of Szechwan"
An analysis of Bertolt Brecht's play "The Good Person of Szechwan" in terms of its critique of capitalism.
# 146699 | 830 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | BD
Published by on Jan 13, 2011 in Drama and Theater (World) , Literature (German)

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The paper analyzes Bertolt Brecht's play "The Good Person of Szechwan" and its critique of capitalism and the status of women in a capitalist society. The paper looks at Brecht's use of the mythological motif and explains how it pertains to fundamental principles of society. The paper highlights the message of the play, that the quest for virtue in a capitalist society must remain a paradox.

From the Paper:

"Brecht's purpose is to show that capitalistic society is structured in such a way that limits and oppresses the female. Such critiques of society are usually structured in sociological or philosophical terms, but the author here employs the motif of mythology instead. Therefore, capitalism is said to have gods that, through their particular determinations, effect the fates of the citizens, mimicking the ways of the Olympian gods. Thus, in the earlier part of the play we are shown the deliberations of these gods regarding their project to establish virtue. They are shown to be concerned about a state of society that promotes greed and selfishness, and are worried that virtue will be completely extinguished from the world. They decide that if anybody can be found to be virtuous, that person must carry the responsibility of protecting virtue for society as a whole."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brecht, Bertolt. The Good Person of Szechwan. Translated by John Willett. New York: Methuen, 1985.

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