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The Good Person of Szechuan Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

In this essay, Petruso responds to the ending, which invites the audience/reader to interpret to the play. Though many critics believe the play ultimately argues for the merits of goodness, Petruso counters that Brecht shows no positive results for goodness.

The epilogue of Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan apologizes for the lack of a true, closed ending to the play. In the last scene, Shen Teh's dilemma of how to be a good person in a harsh world is left unanswered by the gods and Brecht. Instead, the audience is asked to think for themselves. Brecht writes "Indeed it is a curious way of coping: / To close the play, leaving the issue open. / Especially since we live by your enjoyment." Thus everyone is supposed to propose their own interpretation to the problem.

For the most part, critics believe the play supported the idea of goodness...

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