Saint Joan & Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Saint Joan & Pygmalion

byGeorge Bernard Shaw

Kobo ebook | January 18, 2017

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Saint Joan, a unique play, which is “a tragedy without villians”, is based on the life and trial of Joan of Arc. Since Joan of Arc was canonised by the Roman Catholic Church, therefore the play dramatises what is known of her life based on the substantial records of her trial. Shaw stdudied the transcripts and was of the opinion that the concerned people would have acted in good faith accroding to their beliefs and convictions.
Crime, like disease, is not interesting it is somethings to be done away with the general consent, and that is all [there is] about it. It is what men do at their best, with good intentions, and what normal men and women find that they must and will do in spite of their intentions, that really concern us.
Pygmalion is a play named after a Greek mythological character. Professor of Phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Dolittle to pass of the Duchess at an ambassador’s garden party by achieving her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important elements of which, he believes is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women’s independence.
In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life. The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw’s influences. Shaw also clarified that the character of Professor Henry Higgins was inspired by several British professors of phonetics.

Title:Saint Joan & PygmalionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 18, 2017Publisher:Vishv Books Private Ltd.Language:English

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