Man and Superman Essay

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Hamilton is a Humanities teacher at Cary Academy, an innovative private school in Cary, North Carolina. In this essay she discusses the ideological contradictions in Shaw's play and in his nature.

Shaw's Man and Superman holds a myriad of comic inversions, from the role reversal in which the woman pursues the man, to the satiric switching of heaven and hell. His inversions confuse even the play's characters, whose conventional responses to unconventional situations make up the comedy of his play, while the underlying truths expressed by the inversions make up its philosophical content. For example, Ana, having recently arrived in Hell, finds it a delightful paradise, and she cannot wait to get into Heaven, since to her mind, "if Hell be so beautiful as this, how glorious must Heaven be!"

Don Juan, the Devil, and her deceased father, the Commander, protest: they too once shared her delusion, but...

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