What is the character analysis of Candida?

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thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Candida is the eponymous protagonist of Shaw's comic play Candida. She is an illustration of a character type intimately connected with Shaw's theories of gender. Essentially, the play argues that women are by nature strong and therefore are attracted to weaker men as that allows them to exercise dominance in a patriarchal society which offers little scope for female power outside the family environment. Over the long term, Shaw thinks that this should be changed by increasing gender equality. In this play, however, Shaw uses the character of Candida to illustrate the strength of women. Although the men in the play appear to demonstrate conventional male "strength" in the sense of success in business, the church, and the arts, it is Candida's strength and that of women in general who are the power behind this success.

Candida herself is an anti-romantic character who sees marriage as grounded in partnership and support, not in momentary passion. She is intelligent and competent and has a level of wisdom and insight that enables her to make good choices. She has few social prejudices and is equally competent at cooking and managing her husband. She is fundamentally kind and clever and is an example of a true partner in a relationship. She is also a person who has a great amount of practical common sense.

ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Basically, Candida is the wife of Reverend James Morell and is a very beautiful and seductive woman. She can charm men and usually gets what she wants. She is a clever woman and manipulates situations and people to suite her goals. She is a very independent woman and this has been encouraged by her husband. She uses her intelligence to get people to do her bidding.

amitsingh11582 | Student

Candida, one of the great female charaters in the history of English drama, is the dominationg character in the play "Candida" by partarchial G. B. Shaw. Through the character of Candida Shaw proves that women are not velnerable, they have their own existance upon the planet.

Candida was a caring wife, mother and greate woman. Though she was misbehaved by two male charaters........his husband Morell and a boy Eugene Marchbanks, she didnt loose her temper nor repentence or feel sorry, but on the other hand she made them realise that they were wrong. Her character was bold, impressive, pious and inspirational. By all means she is equal to Nora (heroine of Ibsen's Dolls House). She paved the way for the women of the society to be bold and candid like her, if they are not worng by any means.