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Mrs Warrens Profession In life the struggle between what is good and necessary for the individual and the moral values placed upon people by society is constantly present This is true of the characters in George Bernard Shaws play Mrs Warrens Profession Shaw demonstrates that doing something frowned upon by society does not have to be an evil thing so long as it is good for the individual Perhaps the most obvious example of societal morals conflicting with individual need is the case of Mrs Kitty Warren Mrs Warren is a woman whose economic standing and lack of any professional skills forced her into becoming a prostitute Obviously such a profession is against the beliefs of the society that she lives in Not only is she not ashamed of her occupation she is proud of the amount of money that it as well as managing several houses of prostitution has made for her When asked of any shame about her job by her daughter she states Well of course dearie its only good manners to be ashamed of it its expected of a woman This statement shows that the only reason that one would be ashamed of it is because of society says that one should be She feels that the restrictions that society has placed on women has made it impossible for her to pursue any other lifestyle She demonstrates this by saying Its far better than any other employment open to women It cant be right Vivie that there shouldnt be better opportunities for women Shaw is attempting to evoke sympathy for the character of Mrs Warren by pitting her against a society that is against her He is quite obviously in favor of the actions that Mrs Warren has taken as demonstrated by the very reasonable rationalization for what she has done and the approving reaction of her daughter Vivie
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