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George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)


George Bernard Shaw

Journalist


George Bernard Shaw

Journalist, music critic


George Bernard Shaw

Journalist, music critic

Pamphleteer


George Bernard Shaw

Journalist, music critic

Pamphleteer

Fabian society


George Bernard Shaw

Journalist, music critic

Pamphleteer

Fabian society

Intelligent Women’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism


George Bernard Shaw

Journalist, music critic

Pamphleteer

Fabian society

Intelligent Women’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism

Marx + Darwin


George Bernard Shaw

Journalist, music critic

Pamphleteer

Fabian society

Intelligent Women’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism

Marx + Darwin

Co-founds London School of Economics


Dramatist, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant


Dramatist, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant

Prefaces; afterwords; appendices


Dramatist, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant

Prefaces; afterwords; appendices

Print; layout


Dramatist, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant

Prefaces; afterwords; appendices

Print; layout

Ibsen campaign: The Quintessence of Ibsenism


Dramatist, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant

Prefaces; afterwords; appendices

Print; layout

Ibsen campaign: The Quintessence of Ibsenism

Turning Ibsen into radical critic of society


Comedy

Inversion and surprise


Comedy

Inversion and surprise

Oscar Wilde, aphorisms


Comedy

Inversion and surprise

Oscar Wilde, aphorisms

Shaw as alternative dandy (hipster?)


Opening scene

Character types: overbearing mother, fidgety son


Opening scene

Character types: overbearing mother, fidgety son

Taking words literally: “of course”


Opening scene

Character types: overbearing mother, fidgety son

Taking words literally: “of course”

Advise masked as executive decision


Opening scene

Character types: overbearing mother, fidgety son

Taking words literally: “of course”

Advise masked as executive decision

Surprise: son knows little about family’s affair


Opening scene

Character types: overbearing mother, fidgety son

Taking words literally: “of course”

Advise masked as executive decision

Surprise: son knows little about family’s affair

Inversion: son too young to begin matchmaking, even in his own case


Lady Britomart

Articulating conventional view, taking it to an extreme


Lady Britomart

Articulating conventional view, taking it to an extreme

Wilde’s Lady Bracknell, Importance of Being Earnest


Lady Britomart

Articulating conventional view, taking it to an extreme:

Wilde’s Lady Bracknell, Importance of Being Earnest

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Magie Smith), in Downton Abbey


Obliviousness

"she has developed a propensity to have her own way and order people about which quite cows me sometimes. It's not ladylike: I'm sure I don't know where she picked it up." (61)


Obliviousness

"she has developed a propensity to have her own way and order people about which quite cows me sometimes. It's not ladylike: I'm sure I don't know where she picked it up." (61)

Undershaft being unaware of his family.

B: "This is your family."

U: "Is it so large? I am sorry to say my memory is failing very badly in some things.”


Obliviousness

"she has developed a propensity to have her own way and order people about which quite cows me sometimes. It's not ladylike: I'm sure I don't know where she picked it up." (61)

Undershaft being unaware of his family.

B: "This is your family."

U: "Is it so large? I am sorry to say my memory is failing very badly in some things.”

U: "Mr. Cusins: I am much indebted to you for explaining so precisely." 67


Comedy of Ideas

"I, the dramatist whose business it is to shew the connexion between things that seem apart and unrelated in the haphazard order of events in real life, have contrived to make it known" (37)


Institutions

Weapon’s manufacturer

versus


Institutions

Weapon’s manufacturer

versus

Salvation Army


Lady Britomart. "It is only in the middle classes, Stephen, that people get into a state of dumb helpless horror when they find that there are wicked people in the world. In our class, we have to decide what is to be done with wicked people; and nothing should disturb our self-possession." (56)


Lady Britomart. "It is only in the middle classes, Stephen, that people get into a state of dumb helpless horror when they find that there are wicked people in the world. In our class, we have to decide what is to be done with wicked people; and nothing should disturb our self-possession." (56)

Military-industrial complex (Eisenhower)


Undershaft’s anti-hereditary system of succession

Undershaft: "I am not one of those men who keep their morals and their business in water-tight compartments” (70)


Undershaft’s anti-hereditary system of succession

Undershaft: "I am not one of those men who keep their morals and their business in water-tight compartments”

The Voysey Inheritance:

Mr. Voysey: "you must realize that money making is one thing, and religion another, and family-life a third."


Weapon manufacturing – Salvation Army


Weapon manufacturing – Salvation Army

Act II+III: conflict between these two institutions


Weapon manufacturing – Salvation Army

Act II+III: conflict between these two institutions

and their interrelation


  • U's credo:

    Undershaft. Two things necessary for salvation.

    Cusins. [disappointed, but polite] ah, the Church Catechism, Charles Lomax also belongs to the Established Church.

    Undershaft. The two things are –

    Cusins. Baptism and –

    Undershaft. No. Money and gunpowder.

    Cusins. [surprised by interested] That is the general opinion of our governing classes. The novelty is in hearing any man confess it.

    Undershaft. Just so.


  • U's credo:

    Undershaft. Two things necessary for salvation.

    Cusins. [disappointed, but polite] ah, the Church Catechism, Charles Lomax also belongs to the Established Church.

    Undershaft. The two things are –

    Cusins. Baptism and –

    Undershaft. No. Money and gunpowder.

    Cusins. [surprised by interested] That is the general opinion of our governing classes. The novelty is in hearing any man confess it.

    Undershaft. Just so.


Undershaft. . . without enough of both [money and gunpowder] you cannot afford the others.

Cusins. That is your religion?

Undershaft. Yes. (93)


Undershaft. . . without enough of both [money and gunpowder] you cannot afford the others.

Cusins. That is your religion?

Undershaft. Yes. (93)

Lady Britomart: "Really, Barbara, you go on as if religion were a pleasant subject. Do have some sense of propriety." (72)


Religion - Capitalism

What the Salvation Army does for the poor:

Cusins. It makes them sober –

Undershaft. I prefer sober workmen. The profits are larger.


Religion - Capitalism

What the Salvation Army does for the poor:

Cusins – honest –

Undershaft. Honest workmen are the most economical.


Religion - Capitalism

What the Salvation Army does for the poor:

Cusins – attached to their homes -

Undershaft. So much the better: they will put up with anything sooner than change their shop.


Religion - Capitalism

What the Salvation Army does for the poor:

Cusins – happy -

Undershaft. An invaluable safeguard against revolution.


Religion - Capitalism

What the Salvation Army does for the poor:

Cusins – unselfish -

Undershaft. Indifferent to their own interests, which suits me exactly.


Religion - Capitalism

What the Salvation Army does for the poor:

Cusins – with their thoughts on heavenly things –

Undershaft. And not on Trade Unionism nor Socialist. Excellent.


Undershaft. You are not bringing any capital into the concern.

Cusins. What! No capital! Is my mastery of Greek no capital? Is my access to the subtlest thought, the loftiest poetry yet attained by humanity, no capital?

Cusins. All power is spiritual.


Fabian Society

Socialism, but not by revolutionary means (rather, by “evolution”).


Fabian Society

Socialism, but not by revolutionary means (rather, by “evolution”).

Distribution of ownership of production


Fabian Society

Socialism, but not by revolutionary means (rather, by “evolution”).

Distribution of ownership of production

Reformism


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