Analysis of the Text Â«the Man of DestinyÂ» by George Bernard Shaw
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