Man and Superman, by George Bernard Shaw

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In the Man and Superman play George Bernard Shaw uses many ideas from the time to make one of the best romantic comedies of its time. In this Realism era playwrights would use many tactics to make their plays the most realistic. “All the plays have similar elements such as the trait that all plays shall seem like real people in real scenarios, secrets known to the audience but not other characters, and each individual act repeats the general action of the entire play.” (Hompage.smc.edu) These elements are easily seen in the play, with twists to them.

Man and Superman is one of George Bernard Shaw’s better pieces, though for a long time after the release of the play it was never fully acted out. The play all starts with an “epistle dedicatory to Arthur Bingham Walkley, a friend of Shaw’s for fifteen years.” (Bartelby.com) Arthur is the main reason to the making of this Don Juan play because of how he questioned why Shaw did not make a play with this type of scenario. The dedicatory goes on talking about how, “ Arthur will acknowledge the play, how Shaw starts his plays showing to puritans his predicament of his contemporary english drama, he goes on to blather about aspects of life, which leads to how arthur will react to the play, the Epistle veers into talking about other playwrights and how the Don Juan theme has lost it’s touch, and finishes with how he knows he is not going to be like the other playwrights.” (Epistle Dedicatory, G.B. Shaw) The play though thought to be outdated by Shaw was not that bad of a play. Before I read the play I thought that it would be quite boring and non-likable; I turned out to be wrong and actually enjoyed reading the play, it was easy to understand and not hard to follow alo...

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...sion the play Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw is a comedic philosophy written for a friend of fifteen years named Arthur Bingham Winkley. The play was very realistic due to the fact that conversations were boring or entertaining. The elements of the era that were also in the play were real people in real scenarios, secrets known to the audience but not other characters, and each individual act repeats the general action of the entire play. The play was a great read and though I got bored in very few parts of the play it was a sold representor to the plays of that time period.

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http://www.bartleby.com/157/2.html, No Author, No Date uploaded, taken January 16, 2014

Man and Superman, Shaw G.B., Written 1903, Taken January 16, 2014

Jones, Janie, http://homepage.smc.edu/jones_janie/TA%202/8Realism.htm, Uploaded N/A, taken January 16, 2014

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