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I think George Bernard Shaw was mocking the socialist opinions of the time regarding womens place in life I also feel he was mocking people who believed that money was what made them a somebody We see this many times in the play when Mrs Warren preached to Vivie about the importance of financial well being Not only to be able to support yourself but to enable yourself to marry someone worthy meaning someone who could afford you Page 1734 we see Mrs Warren defending her actions Shes explaining to Vivie the ways of the world On one hand Mrs Warren is admitting that what she is doing is wrong but on the other hand she answers Vivies questions about being ashamed by saying Its only good manners to be ashamed Its expected of a woman To me she is saying yes I am ashamed but only because Im supposed to be I think its clear here that Shaw was poking fun at people like Mrs Warren People who have money who dont care how they attained it so long as they have it These types of people assume that they are better than others less well off They also assume that other people of equal financial standing treat them as equals Here is where I believe Shaw is mocking Mrs Warren She thinks and wants to be an equal to other peoples money but she isnt I found it funny that a man of Franks social standing not high on the totem pole looked down on Mrs Warren and her profession Her was a young man with virtually no money to speak of no profitable future yet still he knew that she was doing wrong Even he could not lower himself to take her money When I read the play a second time I subconsciously separated the characters into two categories The first is Viv Frank and Praed who represent
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