She thinks he only plays the big drum in public for the Salvation Army because he loves Barbara. He asks what this has to do with his father and she points out that this is where the money is to come from.
He begins to read a newspaper and she asks him not to as she will require all of his attention. Both her daughters, Sarah and Barbara, are engaged, but both have limited access to money. She also walked in one evening with a professor of Greek and he is only pretending to be a Salvationist according to Lady Britomart.
Shaw describes Cusins as a "determined, tenacious, intolerant person" who presents himself as he is, "considerate, gentle, explanatory, even mild and apologetic, capable possibly of murder, but not of cruelty or coarseness. Curiously for a play which questions this economic system, Undershaft is the most honest of the characters as he regales others in his views that poverty is the worse crime.
Her son, Stephen, also believes himself to be deserving of the well-placed position he has at the top of the class hierarchy. The swaggering, menacing Bill is quickly cowed and disgraced by the shining Major Barbara.
He or she would be sober, hard working and accepting of authority rather than prepared to instigate a revolution.
She is well-dressed yet careless about her appearance. There is also a parallel made between Christianity and capitalism when it is pointed out by Undershaft that both require obedience. When he enters, he asks her what the matter is, but she clearly does not want to be disturbed.
She then talks about Barbara and she thought she would have the best career of all of them. There is a smaller writing table behind the settee; a window with a window seat on the left of the settee and an armchair is close by. Cusins is determined to marry Barbara and enthralled by the excesses and ecstasies of the Dionysian spirit.
The good Christian, he argues, makes an excellent employee. He remains in some awe from his mother from "childish habit and bachelor shyness" but quickly comes to assert his majority in planning his future. Class Distinctions Class distinctions and snobbery run throughout the play and are ridiculed with the use of satire.
Lady Britomart, for example, is depicted as a hypocritical unthinking snob.
Instead, we are told that the only practical way to challenge it is from a position that accepts it as inevitable.Major Barbara: Theme Analysis, Free Study Guides and book notes including comprehensive chapter analysis, complete summary analysis, author biography information, character profiles, theme analysis, metaphor analysis, and top ten quotes on classic literature.
A list of all the characters in Major Barbara. The Major Barbara characters covered include: Andrew Undershaft, Barbara, Adolphus Cusins, Lady Britomart Undershaft, Stephen Undershaft, Charles Lomax, Sarah Undershaft, Bronterre O'Brien Price, Rummy Mitchens, Peter Shirley, Bill Walker, Jenny Hill, Mrs.
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Major Barbara: Novel Summary, Free Study Guides and book notes including comprehensive chapter analysis, complete summary analysis, author biography information, character profiles, theme analysis, metaphor analysis, and top ten quotes on classic literature.
George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, written over a century ago, is as timely now as if it were written in ! The author spares no one, and skewers everyone right, left, /5(13). From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes Major Barbara Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays.
Major Barbara is a play, so there isn't some overarching narrative voice that frames or makes sense of the dialogue for us. That said, Shaw's stage directions do give some character background and.Download