Plays Unpleasant

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140437935

Category: Drama

Page: 291

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Presents three plays that dramatize social problems and moral conflicts.

Widowers' Houses

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Publishing

ISBN: 9781420941333

Category: Drama

Page: 42

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George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) is revered as one of the great British dramatists, credited not only with memorable works, but the revival of the then-suffering English theatre. Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland, left mostly to his own devices after his mother ran off to London to pursue a musical career. He educated himself for the most part, and eventually worked for a real estate agent. This experience founded in him a concern for social injustices, seeing poverty and general unfairness afoot, and would go on to address this in many of his works. In 1876, Shaw joined his mother in London where he would finally attain literary success. First performed in 1892, "Widower's Houses" was the first of Shaw's plays to see the stage. This play was included in a collection of plays called "Plays Unpleasant," named so because Shaw's intention in writing them was not to entertain, but to raise awareness in certain areas of social concern. The source of social concern here in this play is the income derived from slum housing and the play focuses on the rift it forms between the two main characters, Henry Trench who has a moral problem with the way the father of his wife earns his money and his wife, Blanch who has no problem taking money from her father.

Bernard Shaw's Marriages and Misalliances

Author: Robert A. Gaines

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349951706

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 229

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This book combines the insights of thirteen Shavian scholars as they examine the themes of marriage, relationships and partnerships throughout all of Bernard Shaw’s major works. It also connects Shaw’s own experiences of love and marriage to the themes that emerge in his works, showing how his personal relationships in and out of matrimonial bonds change the ways his characters enter and exit marriages and misalliances. While providing a wealth of new analysis, this collection of essays also leaves lingering questions for the reader to spark continuing dialogue in both individual and academic settings.

Mrs Warren's Profession

Author: Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781551116273

Category: Drama

Page: 246

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One of Bernard Shaw’s early plays of social protest, Mrs Warren’s Profession places the protagonist’s decision to become a prostitute in the context of the appalling conditions for working class women in Victorian England. Faced with ill health, poverty, and marital servitude on the one hand, and opportunities for financial independence, dignity, and self-worth on the other, Kitty Warren follows her sister into a successful career in prostitution. Shaw’s fierce social criticism in this play is driven not by conventional morality, but by anger at the hypocrisy that allows society to condemn prostitution while condoning the discrimination against women that makes prostitution inevitable. This Broadview edition includes a comprehensive historical and critical introduction; extracts from Shaw’s prefaces to the play; Shaw’s expurgations of the text; early reviews of the play in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain; and contemporary contextual documents on prostitution, incest, censorship, women’s education, and the “New Woman.”

Bernard Shaw

A Psychological Study

Author: Daniel Dervin

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838714188

Category: Drama

Page: 350

View: 6159

Brings literary criticism into better alignment with modern psychology, particularly psychoanalysis, in order to advance a truly integral view of the author, his work, and the creative process.

Des Doktors Dilemma

eine Tragödie ; mit der Vorrede des Autors und einer Anmerkung zur zur Rezeption des Stückes

Author: Bernard Shaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518383568


Page: 205

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Fabianism and Fabianist Morals in G B Shaw's Widowers' Houses, Arms and the Man and the Devil's Disciple

Author: Nicholas Williams

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640338855


Page: 20

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,3, University of Heidelberg (Anglistisches Seminar), course: PS II Literaturwissenschaft - Shaws Fruhe Dramen, language: English, abstract: This essay shall aim at portraying Shaw's Fabian thought and morality in his early plays, i.e. Widowers' Houses, Arms and the Man, and The Devil's Disciple. Such a task automatically renders the essay no more than an attempt at finding traces, for there are no socialists in the plays mentioned. Instead, socialist thought is conveyed implicitly, i.e. by means of the plot, by method of showing, or by confronting a Victorian theatre audience with realities they would only too well like to ignore. Widower's Houses is a good case in point: it is highly unlikely any tenants living in the sort of substandard accommodation portrayed in the play could afford a night out in Covent Garden, and it is equally unlikely the theatre-going audience would ever bother to visit them in "their" rundown houses. Consequently, Shaw forced the reality upon the audience and explicitly tried to use drama as a means of propaganda (Grene: 1987: 15 and 3). However, here one could critically add that Shaw - like most Fabians - had as little contact with the working class as those he criticised for the same reasons (Ballay 1980: 237). I shall focus on Widowers' Houses, Arms and the Man, and The Devil's Disciple, for reasons I will explain in the conclusion. The essay follows a hypothesis, which is as written above: Shaw forced upon his audience realities they would like to ignore, and he wished to radicalise his audience (Gahan: 13). The second assumption this essay follows is that morality is as much part of Fabianism as politics are. In his economic and political writings, Shaw made a strong connection between economics and morality (Griffith: 29f.). His opposition to capitalism rooted very much in the fact that he rejected it morally. Hence, according to Fabian logic, the"