Why does the character Shen Te turn to the audience for help at the conclusion of The Good Person of Szechwan? By ending the play in this way, how is the author, Bertolt Brecht, supporting his theory of “distancing effects”?   

At the conclusion of The Good Person of Szechwan, the character Shen Te turns to the audience for help because the gods have departed and asks the audience’s forgiveness for the presentation. By ending the play in this way, author Bertolt Brecht supports his theory of “distancing effects” by reminding the audience of the artificiality of the specific play and of theater in general.

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The conclusion of The Good Person of Szechwan brings together the character Shen Te and the actor playing the character in an Epilogue directed to the audience. The gods have taken leave of Shen Te because they can be of no further assistance. Shen Te reminds the audience that what they have seen is a performance and hopes they will be indulgent and forgiving. Rather than neatly tie up all the loose ends, Bertolt Brecht

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