Man and Superman

by George Bernard Shaw


Very engaging for a long, dialogue-heavy play. Despite being sexist in his belief that women have nothing to offer outside of procreation, I generally love the ideas that Shaw puts forth, usually in Tanner’s or Don Juan’s words. He gives you frequent moments where you have to take a few seconds to think about the implications of a specific comment. And it’s wonderful how Tanner turns societal convention and morality on its head by underlining the absurdity of his companions’ reactions to various scandals. Probably my favorite line is quite an incidental comment but gives you an idea of Shaw’s wit:

Tanner: . . . A jealous sense of my new individuality arose in me –

Ann: You hated to be treated as a boy any longer. Poor Jack!

Tanner: Yes, because to be treated as a boy was to be taken on the old footing. I had become a new person; and those who knew the old person laughed at me. The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor: he took my measure anew every time he saw me, whilst all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.

Original Review


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