Questions tagged [george-bernard-shaw]

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Why do Major Barbara and Undershaft shake hands?

In George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, I came across the following conversation which culminates with Barbara and her father Colonel Undershaft shaking hands: BARBARA. No. Will you let me try? ...
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“The British are the nation of amateurs” — is it really G. B. Shaw's quote?

I saw a quote in Russian language which is attributed to G. B. Shaw, but I haven't found its mentions on original language: In Russian: Англичане — нация любителей, а не профессионалов; их ...
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Meaning of this line in Candida by Shaw

There is a speech by Lexy in the beginning of Act I when he is talking to Proserpine: LEXY. Ah, if you women only had the same clue to Man's strength that you have to his weakness, Miss Prossy, ...
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Why was Pygmalion retitled to My Fair Lady?

George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion has been adapted many times for different media, but most notably as a musical entitled My Fair Lady. This musical was so popular that some screen adaptations have ...
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How is G. B. Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra (1898) different from the eponymous characters' true relationship?

I know that Shaw's play is a fictionalized account of Caesar and Cleopatra's relationship. But how is G. B. Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra (1898) different from the eponymous characters' true ...
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A lifetime of happiness: why could no man bear it? Why hell on earth?

Primary Source: George Bernard Shaw. Man and Superman (1903), Act 1. Secondary Source: What's It All About? p. 104 Bottom. [...] Finally, we surely have to accept that uninterrupted happiness is ...
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What is the meaning of this line in Candida by Shaw?

In Candida by Shaw, there is this line by Morell at the beginning. (Fourth speech from the beginning) Morell: Just like Anarchists not to know that they can't have a parson on Sunday! Tell them ...
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What is the essence of Undershaft's moral argument in Major Barbara?

I can discern certain Nietzschean undertones such as Undershaft's idealization of the will to power. I also understand Undershaft's discussion on the problem with describing poverty and starvation as ...