Major Barbara

Major Barbara

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Andrew Undershaft, a millionaire armaments manufacturer, loves money and despises poverty. His estranged daughter Barbara, on the other hand, shows her love for the poor by throwing her energies into her work as a Major in the Salvation Army, and sees her father as another soul to be saved. But when the Army needs funds to keep going, it is Undershaft who saves the day with a large cheque - forcing Barbara to examine her moral assumptions. Are they right to accept money that has been obtained by 'Death and Destruction'? Full of lively comedy and sparkling debate, Major Barbara is one of Shaw's most forward-looking plays, brilliantly testing the tensions between religion, wealth and power, benevolence and equality, and metaphors and realities of war.

Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2000, c1957.
ISBN: 9780140437904
Branch Call Number: 822.912 Shaw
Characteristics: xv, 156 p. --
Additional Contributors: Laurence, Dan H.


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Apr 02, 2011

Since this is a classic, I'm not going to bother to actually review it. Here are the page numbers for all the monologues for a young woman (though there may be more that I just didn't find): 140, 151-153.

There are also a lot of good monologues for men and possibly some for an older woman, but I wasn't looking for those.

One frustrating thing about this play is that in much of the second act dialects are written out. This makes it a bit frustrating to read because you practically have to translate it. If you are reading this and you are a playwright, say what dialect you want in the character description and spell all the lines normally. Your actors will thank you.

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