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A Comparison of the First Scenes in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and Alan Jay Lerner's My Fair Lady
Comparing Pygmalion & My Fair Lady—Act 1, Scene 1 Because the focus of musicals is more concerned with song and dance and less concerned with dialogue than straight plays are, it stands to reason that musicals seek to simplify the plot in order to make enough room for the numbers, where straight plays are free to elabora...
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An Analysis of In the Rear-View Mirror by George Bernard Shaw
In the Rear-View Mirror Analysis // IB November 2008 Paper 1 Shaw’s poem In the Rear-View Mirror is of a man driving away from his loved ones into a new life, narrating the different stages in his journey as the distance grows and the changes in the relative sizes of the people he leaves behind in relation to this. Initi...
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Pickering as the True Character of Eliza in the Play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
The 1912 play Pygmalion written by George Bernard Shaw has a storyline that follows Henry Higgins teaching a young girl, Eliza Doolittle, how to act like a young lady. In the forefront of the play, we see Higgins as the teacher and Eliza as the student. If we look deeper, however, we see that Pickering is the true teache...
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Hedda's Character in the Play Hedda Gabler by George Bernard Shaw
Hedda Gabler has and always will be a notoriously challenging character both to the reader and to the actress. After its debut in 1891, George Bernard Shaw commented on the complexity of Hedda’s character in a letter to her first incarnation in Elizabeth Robbins. The “central difficulty” of Hedda is the fact that she is “s...
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The Issue of Power in Society in the Play Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
A Play of Power Plays When I first heard that we were to read Major Barbara for English class, I wasn’t particularly thrilled. Because I’ve found classic books to be boring in the past, I was wary of this play’s “classic masterpiece” tag. Fortunately, I was proven wrong. Not only is the script is hilarious, but the subtle...
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A Look at the Morally Ambiguous Character of Serius Saranoff in the Play Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
“One of them is a hero, another a buffoon, another a humbug, another perhaps a bit of a blackguard... And one, at least, is a coward—jealous, like all cowards.” This line from Arms and the Man summarizes Sergius’ place as ambiguous morally (particularly under the circumstances in this particular scene) but also ambiguous as...
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The Class System in the Early Twentieth Century London, England in the Play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
The play Pygmalion takes place in early twentieth century London,
England; Capitol of the largest empire in the world at that time. It tells
the story of a flower girl named Eliza Doolittle and her fleeting
transformation from street girl to a duchess; a woman of a high class, and
even nobility. In this type of society with...
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Women's Rights and Equality in Marriage in the UCF Theatre's Production of Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw
UCF Theatre’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman falls in perfect line with the playwright’s intention of letting capable women speak for themselves yet still wholeheartedly and wittily supporting the case for women’s suffrage and equal rights. There is a demonstrated understanding of Shaw’s political sati...
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An Analysis of the Tech Rehearsal of the Play, Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw
Going from a rehearsal of Man and Superman to a Tech Rehearsal helped draw immediate attention to everything that had changed between the two. There was a clear reason behind every set piece now and the choices made sense, answering some of my questions. For example, the large plain paneling surrounding the actors in the ba...
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An Appreciation of the Rehearsal for the Play, Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw
I’ve never attended, nor been a part of, a rehearsal quite like the one I just witnessed for Man and Superman. As it was described by the Stage Manager Zoe Feezor, we were in “The Space” which turned out to be a much more open and free experience than our other observations. Leaving was permitted at any time so long as ther...
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An Analysis of Being Unreasonable in The Power of Unreasonable People by George Bernard Shaw
What does it mean to be an unreasonable entrepreneur? In the book, The Power of Unreasonable People, George Bernard Shaw says, “the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself”. They adapt the world to themselves by viewing crisis situations and large problems as business opportunities and strive to be...
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George Bernard Shaw's Themes, Styles and Techniques
George Bernard Shaw’s Themes, Styles, and Techniques George Bernard Shaw is one of the most groundbreaking playwrights of all time. His unconventional and taboo themes and styles left audiences in shock, angered many, and left others in awe. Shaw was born on July 26, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. Shaw experienced a troubled chi...
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Anti-Racism in Literature by George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw Shaw is an amazing person. His stories The Admirable Bashville, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, and On the Rocks all include anti-racism themes. In On the Rocks, a Tory minister shouts racist profanity to Sir Jafna Pandranath, to which he replied with a long and beautiful speech...
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Strategies in Literature by George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw Strategies The strategy that Shaw incorporated in his works to attack his audience was the use of conflicting ideals. Shaw used realistic subject matter in order to make the members of the audience feel that they are the actors, and make them realize that the incidents happening in the drama is exactly...
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The Beliefs of George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw Beliefs Shaw’s political and religious views often appear in his writings. In 1884, Shaw joined the Fabian Society. Fabianism is the main political theory that Shaw wrote about. For a while, Fabian policy was Shavian policy. “Fabianism came to mean evolution as opposed to revolution”. Shaw himself great...
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Religion and Life in Literature by George Bernard Shaw
Life Force with George Bernard Shaw Creative Evolution and Life Force were Shaw’s own religions. The Creative Evolution theory was first presented in Man and Superman. Creative Evolution is evolutionary change that occurs because it is wanted of needed. This is one the major themes that appear in Shaw’s Utopia plays. This...
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Religion in Life and Literature by George Bernard Shaw
Religion and George Bernard Shaw Shaw included many other religious themes and imagery in his plays. Shaw became an atheist when he was twelve years old. Later in his life, Shaw became discontent with atheists, saying that the general public wants to know what they should believe, not what they should not believe. In the m...
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The Characters in Literature by George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw’s Characters Carpenter separates Shaw’s strategies into two classes: destructive ethical strategies and constructive ethical strategies. Shaw’s destructive ethical strategies attack social and moral ideals. In the beginnings of his career, Shaw attacked specific illusions about society that stopped evol...
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Literary Techniques by George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw’s techniques Shaw’s use of prostitution was not to attack the profession itself, but to attack the social system that makes it necessary. In Mrs. Warren’s Profession, the social crime of prostitution is displayed as a part of economics and social fabric. Prostitution is a physical representation for th...
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Pleasant and Unpleasant Plays by George Bernard Shaw
Shaw’s Pleasant Plays Shaw used “pleasant plays” and “unpleasant plays” to attack his audience. His pleasant plays are what he used to criticize ideals of society. Earlier on in his career, Shaw was an avid supporter of overthrowing capitalism. Later he changed from innovation to acceptance and became more pessimistic (Hob...
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An Analysis of George Bernard Shaw's Life Philosophy and Oedipus by Sophocles
Fate and freewill is a conflict that has been under discussion for many years, and is still relevant today.  Through Oedipus’ pursuit of free will and curiosity, Sophocles challenges George Bernard Shaw’s life philosophy by showing that despite free will allowing one to choose their path in life, fate will ultimately prevai...
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A Comparison between the Rooms of Prof. Higgins and Mrs. Higgins in Pygmalion, a Play by George Bernard Shaw
In Shaw's Pygmalion, Prof. Higgins and his mother Mrs. Higgins are both members of the Victorian upper class, but they represent two very different lifestyles and attitudes. Shaw clearly illustrates their distinct ways of living by describing the rooms in their separate homes in which the play takes place. Not only does Sha...
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An Analysis of Gender Roles in Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw
Mrs. Warren’s Profession In Mrs. Warren’s Profession Shaw discusses gender roles. He talks about how this particular woman had chosen this option as a way of income. Shaw is expressing how prostitution was an option for women in the Victorian era and many women took place in this choice of job. Shaw got a surprised reactio...
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An Analysis of the Topic of the Arms and the Man Response by George Bernard Shaw
Arms and the Man Response George Bernard Shaw was in many ways ahead of his time, specifically in terms of feminism. Unlike many of the men of his time he believed in equal rights for men and women and also believed in the inherent equality of the sexes. Arms and the Man is a satirical play by George Bernard Shaw which not...
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An Analysis of Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
Saint Joan is considered to be one of George Bernard Shaw's greatest works. The play deals with subject matter pertaining to events after the Death of Joan of Arc. In the play, Shaw avoids many problems identified by critics as prevalent in some of his other writing. Some have criticized Shaw, claiming that he tends to port...
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