"Mrs. Warren's Profession" and Women in Society
Examines the theme of the role of women in society in George Bernard Shaw's Victorian play.
# 29971 | 2,350 words | 5 sources | APA | 2002 |
Published on Aug 18, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Women Studies (Feminism) , Women Studies (Culture) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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"Mrs. Warren's Profession" by George Bernard Shaw is a play written in 1894. The roles that women play in this masterpiece show that Shaw was far ahead of his time in his thoughts about what women should do and be. The paper shows that in this work, Shaw presented a new vision of an intellectual, entrepreneurial woman and challenged the conventional roles imposed by society. He also included accounts of women victimized by a capitalist society and defended their rights to take whatever actions they had to in order to changer their circumstances even if that meant prostitution. The paper shows that in fact, Shaw's beliefs are consistent with modern-day feminism with only one exception. Shaw seemed to fear that a woman's independence and choice of a career had to come at the expense of something else, namely love and family. Nonetheless, "Mrs. Warren's Profession" is still revolutionary in comparison to the idealized Victorian version of what a woman should be.
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