Download Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw. He wrote this four-act drama in 1903. Instead of a light comedy, Shaw wanted to present it to be something much deeper. The title came from Friedrich Nietzsche’s thoughtful ideas about the “Übermensch“.
Man and Superman by Bernard Shaw a short summary
After the death of Mr. Whitefield, according to his will, two men named Roebuck Ramsden and Jack Tanner can look after his daughter Ann. Ramsden is a revered old man while Jack Tanner is a young man with progressive thoughts. Ramsden distrusts Tanner, saying “He is monstrously familiar of discourse, edgy and may be somewhat mad”. However, Ann chooses Tanner as her custodian, while on the other hand, Tanner doesn’t wish to get the position. Ann likewise intends to challenge Tanner’s progressive ideas with her particular thoughts. Regardless of his rebellious thoughts, Tanner fails to neglect Ann’s appeal. While in the end Ann also convinces him to wed her, instead of Octavius Robinson, who was her more constant suitor.
Some quotes from Man and Superman book
“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.”
“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.”
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. ”
“the devil is not so black as he is painted.”
“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”
“But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.”
“The most distinguished persons become more revolutionary as they grow older.”
“We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.”
“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.”