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Discuss Candida from a feminist point of view.Shaw always remained the protector of...

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nandeep | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 26, 2008 at 6:04 PM via web

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Discuss Candida from a feminist point of view.

Shaw always remained the protector of woman's rights.  In Candida how he has presented Candida as a woman and  what he has conveyed through her role in marriage?

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jfwheeler | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 22, 2008 at 4:09 AM (Answer #1)

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Begin with understanding the symbolism of the protagonist's name.   Candida = Candid = Open, Honest, and so she is, although such openness and honesty does not come easily.  Candida must decide between her husband, the clergyman, whom she loves, and the young poet whom she also loves.  Both men compete for her affection and loyalty. 

Morrell, Candida's husband, wants her seemingly more for purposes of domestic caretaking.  He cannot imagine doing the household things that she does daily.  Marchbanks, the poet, proposes a world beyond domesticity... one of imagination, a life of the mind. 

What makes Candida striking is that ultimately, Candida chooses to stay with her husband, opting for a life of reality than one of a dream (that may well never pan out.)  Shaw was ahead of his time in many ways, as the post-feminist doctrine now does not mandate a life of women outside the home, but the freedom of women to chose a more traditional way of life and to do so willingly. 

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b85115105 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM (Answer #2)

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woman means loyality. loyality to the one you have loved since you fell in love with.here Candida showed it beautifully.she remained fathfull to his husband although we as readers perhaos thinks that the young poet can prepare a better situation of life for him.

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