Plot Development In The Good Person Of Szechwan

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According to Aristotle there are four kinds of tragedies i.e. Complex Tragedy, Tragedy of Character, Tragedy of Suffering and Simple Tragedy. The Good Person of Szechwan is the tragedy of character. In terms of Structure and Plot it is a Parable, Parable is a story in which character faces a moral dilemma or make a questionable decision, then suffers the consequences. Sometimes parable is written as an attempt to answer a hidden question in the mind of author. The Good Person of Szechwan is constructed on the condition of China in World War 2, when China faced extreme unemployment, poverty and received an uncontrollable number of Refugees. In such circumstances Brecht was compelled to think, “whether goodness can exist in the world or not?” This is main question or the theme on which the plot of the play is constructed. The play is divided into Prologue, ten scenes, Interlude and Epilogue in a Serial/Episodic structure. Starting from the Prologue, the title “A Street in the Capital of Szechwan” provides the setting of the play. Keeping in mind Freytag’s pyramid of plot structure the prologue serves as an ‘Exposition” of the play in which we have been introduced to major themes and the Protagonist. The Wang serves as a narrator and sometimes s Author’s voice can be felt in between the speeches made by characters E.g. When the gods talk about their secret mission, this mission is direct reference to author’s mission of finding an answer of his question. The tone of the author is ‘mocking and he seems to criticize religion and god in these lines: “They are well nourished” (pg # 185, primary source) `The Prologue also provides us the ‘main action’ i.e. Shen Teh‘s letting in the gods to her home and this action becomes an initiating base of the whole plot. Generally the structure of the
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