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Major Barbara

Barbara in this excellent play rebels in lots of ways against the traditional feminine roles imposed on her and against the class that she has been born into. Note how she is born into an upper...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2010, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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Shaw's Major Barbara is a play of social satire that abounds in situational irony, using surprising plot twists and outcomes to make serious points about how conventional thinking fails to address...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019, 1:23 am (UTC)

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In any literary work you are going to encounter a number of possible themes, so I will just respond by talking about one. I have included the link below to the enotes section on the themes of this...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2010, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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George Bernard Shaw is one of the most revered playwrites in history, and his cynical comedies invariably reflected the values of the time. In reading the play, one could come away from it...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2013, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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The very title “Major Barbara” provides clues that Barbara is not a typical young woman. G. B. Shaw identifies her with a highly masculine, military leadership role and then reveals that her office...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2018, 11:44 pm (UTC)

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The two men together contribute the funds to keep the Salvation Army shelter open. The character of Lord Saxmundham is introduced in act 2 when Mrs. Baines says he has promised five thousand pounds...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 12:48 am (UTC)

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The relationship between Andrew Undershaft and his daughter Barbara can reasonably be described as distant. This is not altogether surprising when one considers that Andrew is estranged from his...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2021, 6:53 am (UTC)

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George Bernard Shaw's 1905 play Major Barbara is partly satirical in its attack on weapon sales, and partly serious in its depiction of business as something outside the realm of ethics. Andrew...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2012, 5:42 am (UTC)

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Hello! Undershaft is a wealthy arms industrialist. He is unapologetic about his work and his wealth. He tells Lomax that the Salvation Army's motto of "Blood and Fire" might well be his own. How...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2015, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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It is important to realise that Undershaft presents an "alternative" gospel and creed on which to base one's life. Just as Cusins is evangelical about his "gospel," so is Undershaft equally zealous...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2011, 10:43 pm (UTC)

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Music was a significant part of George Bernard Shaw's life. His mother was a serious amateur musician, and music was very much part of his household when he was growing up in Dublin. Shaw actually...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2015, 9:15 am (UTC)

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Well, let us remember that it is notoriously difficult to identify what an "average" 19th century woman looked like. However, it is also clear that Barbara clearly defied the various expectations...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2011, 8:30 pm (UTC)

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Great question! There is a sense in which the Barbara at the end of this play is more of a realist compared to her feelings and thinking at the beginning of the play, in particular through the way...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2012, 6:53 am (UTC)

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Clearly, in response to this question you need to look at the way that Barbara, at the beginning of the play, has rejected the traditional roles that women were expected to follow. She does not...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011, 10:30 pm (UTC)

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From the beginning of the play, it is shown that Cusins`attraction to Greek and to Euripides is the Dionysiac strain. As a professor, Cusins can only experience this vicariously and his ideals can...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012, 10:21 am (UTC)

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What are your questions? Remember that this website requires you to ask one question alone, and to make sure this question is as specific as possible. Following these rules helps us as editors to...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2011, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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Rummy Mitchens: She is an example of the failure of the Salvation Army and what was known as `souperism` – using food to bribe people to convert to evangelical religion. Although she takes the food...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012, 10:29 am (UTC)

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