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kasturi-gh1990 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM via web

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What sort of satire and humour are present in George Bernard Shaw's play, Mrs. Warren's Profession?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM (Answer #1)

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There are two major types of satire present in George Bernard Shaw’s play, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, situational satire and verbal satire. These can be found in Shaw’s Preface and stage directions as well as the dialogue. The situational irony is that the very money that guarantee’s the respectability of many of the characters, including Vivie, is founded on a brother, a not very respectable industry. The verbal humour can depend both on situational irony – as when Mrs. Warren, an ex-prostitute and current brothel keeper acts as a mouthpiece of gentility or when she shocks the “unconventional” Vivie with earthy good sense – or the sort of pure verbal repartee for which Shaw is also known.

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