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Nora and Barbara. Edition No. 1
- ID: 1916647
- September 2008
- 60 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
George Bernard Shaw is often said to be a follower
of the Norwegian playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen.
Both artists had a great influence on society,
instead of fairy tales they put our everyday life on
stage, showed what the audience did not want to see
and tried to make people be aware of their own
problems. If we examine their plays thoroughly, we
can also find differences and we cannot forget the
fact that the Irish playwright always refused to be
called the follower of the Norwegian. Was he really
different? In order to find the answer, first the
message of their works needs to be understood. Both
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and Major Barbara by
G. B. Shaw present an instructive story of two
different women and their fight against the
prejudiced society. Shaw’s notion on morals and the
problem of idealism are also discussed in the book.