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THE ESSENCE OF THE TITLE OF THE PLAY “WIDOWERS’ HOUSES” B.Shaw himself called this work one of the “unpleasant plays”. From my point of view it can be explained in the following way. The relations between people, I mean, their acquaintances, their friendship, even their love affairs are based on the matter of money and social status, profit in one word. That’s the main point. The title arouses associations with the following words from bible (I can’t quote): “woe is you, scribes and /Pharisee,/ hypocrite. You ruin widows’ houses.” So the author makes it sound ironically as Sat. is a widower according to the content and the owner of “houses”, slum properties. Yet it is not him who is ruined. He ruins poor creatures who have hardly enough to keep body and soul together and who live in these houses which are hardly fit for dogs. It is the play without either heroes or villains. The characters are only the strings and wheels of this imperfect social system. They all are in the same swim. Any attempt to become better, more kind-hearted, understanding fails as such intentions run counter part the very system. The dialogues between S., L., T., prove that. They live in the society where nothing but money and social status matters (prevail over all other values, are above all). They have been brought up according to its norms and must submit to them. We have no right to accuse them of it. It’s not the people taken in isolation that should be opposed and forced to change their mode of life, their views in a day, but the whole system. That’s the idea the author tried to bring home to the audience.
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