What is verfremdungseffekt in The Good Person of Szechwan?

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Verfremdungseffekt is a German word meaning "distancing effect," a dramatic technique used extensively by the playwright Bertolt Brecht . In using this technique, Brecht wanted to prevent his audience from losing itself in the narrative. Instead, he wanted them to be aware at all times that they were watching a play, making them critical observers of the action rather than participants through emotional engagement with the characters on stage. In short, Brecht was insistent that the audience...

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