Study Guide

Major Barbara Allusions

By George Bernard Shaw

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Dionysus (2.240, 2.255-256, 2.432, 3.29, 3.242-243)
  • Euripides (Undershaft's nickname for Dolly)
  • Niccolò Machiavelli (Dolly's nickname for Undershaft)
  • William Morris (3.228, 3.230)
  • Plato (3.366-368)
  • Plato, Republic (3.411)

Historical References

  • 1886 Trafalgar Square Demonstrations/Riots (2.375)
  • Otto Von Bismarck (1.41)
  • Benjamin Disraeli (1.41)
  • King George III (3.293)
  • William Gladstone (1.41)
  • Napoleon (3.293)
  • Thomas Paine (2.483)

Pop Culture References

  • Donizetti, Gaetano (2.430)

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