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Scholarly Article

Sneha Banerjee

Idea of Capitalism in The Good Woman of Setzuan
Volume
7
Issue
3
Pages:
31-38
Keywords:

Marxism, Capitalism, Brecht, Historical Materialism, Economic Subordination

Abstract

"The Good Woman of Setzuan" by Bertolt Brecht portrays the struggle for survival in an impoverished society in the midst of rising capitalism. This paper examines capitalism through the lens of Marxism using various instances and textual references to the play. The characters in the play freeload off the protagonist Shen Te who goes from being exploited by the society to being a capitalist and exploiting others. Capitalism is represented as two sides of the same coin: both the positive and negative aspects are analyzed hereupon.

About the Author

Sneha Banerjee is a student of City College, Kolkata. She is pursuing B.A. with Honours in English.

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