Major Barbara

Major Barbara

eBook - 2009
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Annotation Major Barbara is a 1905 play by George Bernard Shaw. Andrew Undershaft, a wealthy weapons trader, despises poverty believing "The greatest of our evils and the worst of our crimes is poverty ... our first duty, to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor". His daughter, Barbara, devotes herself to charity. When a shelter for the poor is at risk of closure due to lack of funds, the idealistic Barbara, a Major in the Salvation Army must reassess her beliefs and opinions about wealth, poverty and philanthropy.
Publisher: [Auckland, N.Z.] : Floating Press, ©2009.
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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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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