Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 91-97
The Political Rhapsody and Ethical Expression in Bernard Shaw’s The Apple Cart
Liu Maosheng, Faculty of English Language and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
Long Yanxia, Faculty of English Language and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China; School of Foreign Studies, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China
Received: Aug. 1, 2020;       Accepted: Aug. 14, 2020;       Published: Aug. 25, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200503.13      View  153      Downloads  52
As a Nobel Prize winner, Bernard Shaw is undoubtedly one of the most prominent and prolific playwrights of the Victorian age. His works have exerted a great influence on world literature. The studies of Shaw and his works have achieved fruitful results. However, most scholars have long focused on Shaw’s early problem plays and paid little attention to his later political plays. In fact, Shaw discussed more serious themes such as social reality, political criticism and ethical ideals in his later years through unrestrained artistic creation. He wrote dramas in a rhapsodic way which represented the political crisis and fantasy of British society at that time. As a member of the Fabian Society, Shaw never gives up his ethical thoughts and his political rhapsody of social reform and development, which are clearly expressed in his later plays. As Shaw’s most important political satire, The Apple Cart is a case in point. In this play, Shaw combined current events, fantasy, and philosophic thought concerned by the public, criticized the British parliamentary system and bourgeois democracy at that time, and clearly expressed his political ideal and ethical appeal. That is to build a better world order, and reshape the virtuous social ethics and moral codes.
Political Rhapsody, Ethical Expression, Bernard Shaw, The Apple Cart
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Liu Maosheng, Long Yanxia, The Political Rhapsody and Ethical Expression in Bernard Shaw’s The Apple Cart, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 91-97. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200503.13
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