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Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw was a very delightful and witty play This play deals with the way that capitalism affects the upper middle and lower classes There are several arguments that this play brings to the attention of the audience The main argument is between Undershaft and Major Barbara They disagree about what each other does for a profession what their professions due for other people and the idea of money In this play Lady Britomart chose not to allow her children to be raised in the presence of their father She feels that Undershafts decision to not break that family tradition of passing the business down to a foundling is more than her name can handle She believes that the family fortune should be passed down to the real blood of the family not an orphan Stephan their son has trouble accepting the fact that the family business will be passed on to someone else He is not upset because he will not inherit the family business he is upset due to the general idea of the inheritance situation Stephan has no desire to inherit the business he is just upset about the foundling that will inherit the business Lady Britomart is also upset because the business is that of making canons Lady Britomart feels that making canons is no real way to make a living and earn money Yet Undershaft is the supplier of the money that both she and her children live on Act I of the play actually consists of Lady Britomart calling Undershaft to dinner to ask him for more money for their children to live on Their two daughters have chosen to marry men that will not be able to support them to the fullest extent Barbara has decided that she will marry a professor of Greek philosophy and Sarah decided that she would marry a poet As he comes to dinner he meets is family for the
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