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G. B. Shaw (1856-1950). Characteristics of his plays 1. Ibsen’s influence in making his plays a vehicle for ideas (problem play), in which various social.

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1 G. B. Shaw (1856-1950)

2 Characteristics of his plays 1. Ibsen’s influence in making his plays a vehicle for ideas (problem play), in which various social problems are discussed ; 2. an Irish capacity for jest and a verbal wit equal to that of Congreve or Wilde; 3. a combination of wide social enthusiasms with a gift for

3 Characteristics of his plays 3.the plot of his plays advanced not by action, but by dialogues(witty and brilliant )like comedies of manners; 4.paradox effectively used, through which the truth is revealed;

4 Characteristics of his plays 5. use of paradoxical characters, by which, the foolish, or the object of attack tell most striking truth.

5 Quotations from Shaw 1. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore allprogress depends on the unreasonable man.

6 Quotations from Shaw 2. Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. 3.Too True to Be Good. (c.f. too good to be true)

7 Pygmalion I.Introduction: 1.the title In Greek mythology Pygmalion was a Cyprus king who fell in love with one of his women statues and, moved by his affection for the statue,the goddess turned the statue to life.

8 Pygmalion I. Introduction: 2.well-known, the basis for the musical play and film My Fair Lady. 3.Professor Higgins takes a flower-seller from the London streets and makes her into a grand lady.

9 Pygmalion II. Themes 1.the behavior( not ways of talking )really shows the differences between the characters; 2.the most important thing in human relationships is that people care about each other(Eliza); 3.the most important thing is that they help each other to improve themselves(Professor Higgins)


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