Study Guide

Major Barbara Characters

By George Bernard Shaw

Andrew Undershaft

Even though he's the patriarch of the Undershaft factory and has been bankrolling his wife and...

Major Barbara Undershaft

The play is named after her, so you were expecting her to be the protagonist, right? Well, not so...

Adolphus "Dolly" Cusins

Dolly, as Barbara calls him, is a professor of Greek—so you probably won't be surprised to...

Lady Britomart

Sharing a name with one of English literature's most famous female knights, Lady Brit is one...

Stephen Undershaft

Stephen is the son of Lady Britomart and Andrew Undershaft. He tries pretty hard to be an ally...

Charles Lomax

As you might already know from our analysis of Lady Brit, Charles is kind of a...

Sarah Undershaft

Sarah doesn't really get a lot of airtime in the story; she mostly remains in the background of...

Bronterre O'Brien "Snobby" Price

Snobby Price is one of Barbara's "converts" at the Salvation Army. To help the Army get donations...

Romola "Rummy" Mitchens

Like Snobby, Rummy has figured out that she's of a lot more interest to the Salvation Army...

Peter Shirley

Peter Shirley is an older gentleman who seeks food and shelter at the Army. He lost his job for...

Bill Walker

He's definitely one angry young man when we meet him, and he pretty much stays that way for most...

Jenny Hill

Mrs. Baines

She is a Commissioner at the Army. Much to Barbara's horror, she accepts money from a whisky...

Bilton

Bilton is the foreman at the Undershaft factory. He nearly has a heart attack when Charles...

Morrison

Morrison is Lady Brit's servant. He ends up very confused about the protocol when he has to...