Analysis of the Text «the Man of Destiny» by George Bernard Shaw

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George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), a prominent playwright, was born of an impoverish middle-class family in Dublin where he attended a college. In 1876 he started working as a journalist in London. He become a socialist in 1882 and in 1884 joined the Fabian Society, an organization of petty bourgeois intellectuals. In 1887 G. B. Shaw took up writing plays, in which he criticized the vices of bourgeois society. Bernard Shaw is famous for his brilliant dialogues, full of witty paradoxes and often bitterly satirical. He was a friend of the Soviet Union which he visit in 1931. The Man of Destiny is an 1897 play by George Bernard Shaw. It was published as a part of Plays Pleasant, which also included Arms and the Man, Candida and You Never Can …show more content…
LADY: I am going to see you lose your honor and your happiness
NAPOLEON: Happiness! Happiness is the most tedious thing in the world to me. Should I be what I am if I cared for happiness.
To show his expressive character Shaw uses repetitions:
NAPOLEON: Tut! Tut! Pray! Pray! No, no: this is folly. Come: be calm, be calm. There! There! My girl.
The main idea of Shaw's play, The Man of Destiny, is shown in the title: how destiny turns on single events and remarks and changes our whole life. Shaw illustrates that Bonaparte has several chances to change the course of his destiny by how he does or does not react to the situation and to the words the Lady speaks. A pivotal example of this is when she, almost overpowered by Bonaparte's efforts to keep control of his newly gained mail, says:
LADY (springing up with a bright flush in her cheeks). Oh, you are too bad. Keep your letters. Read the story of your own dishonor in them; and much good may they do you. Good-bye. (She goes indignantly towards the inner door.)
The key phrase is spoken by the Lady because her brief comments, in the face of sure defeat, turn events in favor of her achieving her end by raising the right questions and motives in Bonaparte's mind.
LADY (earnestly): No: on my honor I ask for no letter of yours: not a word that has been

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