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 Shaw1. 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 PygmalionII. Themes1.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)