Socialist Ideas on Wealth: an Exploration of Three Plays By George Bernard Shaw
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English
English Language and Literature
This proposes an approach to understanding George Bernard Shaw's socialist views concerning wealth through an examination of Mrs. Warren's Profession, Major Barbara, and Too True To Be Good. Through an examination of Shaw's speeches and debates and an extensive study of his plays written during a sixty year period, a clear link between Shaw's socialist views and his dramatic craft is established. Shaw's socialist philosophy, nurtured during his early years as a Fabian lecturer, is an integral part of his career as a dramatist. To prove this contention the study explores ten major areas of Shavian belief concerning wealth and the moral implications that the acquisition of wealth has for humanity. Mrs. Warren's Profession (1893), Major Barbara (1905), and Too True to Be Good (1931) represent a wide range of dramatic skills while stressing his ideas about wealth; thus, these plays demonstrate that Shaw was a socially and morally concerned dramatist.
© Linda Mix
Mix, Linda, "Socialist Ideas on Wealth: an Exploration of Three Plays By George Bernard Shaw" (1979). MSU Graduate Theses. 530.