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HOW SHOULD WE LIVE For years Philosophers all over the world have pondered over the idea of evil This brings up another extremely essential question how should we live Because we know that evil is existent in our world does that mean we must live with the knowledge accept it and conform to societys ideal that only the cunning survive Or do we keep our original identity of purity and goodness at heart in our everyday lives The three pieces of literature that we read all deal with this dilemma in different ways And like in all good stories good prevails over evil The first play that we will discuss was my favorite It is entitled The Good Woman of Setzuan written by the German author Brecht This story is about a woman that was too kind for her own good Her name is Shen Te In the beginning of the story she is a prostitute but at the end she becomes a successful tobacco shop owner fianc and mother-to-be Shen Te also creates another character that displays her deceitful and greedy side or the side of her that could survive in her society Shui Ta He is a brash and brutal young man who drives spongers away1 Yang Sun is an unemployed airman that Shen Te saves from committing suicide He is a big creep that later admits that he has no intention of marrying her and is after Shen Tes money The story starts off when three gods come to earth in search of a good human being Unless they discover at least one the world would cease to exist After traveling from town to town they arrive in Setzuan No one in the town would let them stay the night except Shen Te who was then the town prostitute The gods realize that they have found their one good human and repay her kindness and hospitality with
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