Write a short note on Mrs. Warren’s Profession by Bernard Shaw.
Mrs. Warren’s Profession, a play considered controversial because it centersaround prostitution, illustrates Shaw’s beliefs. Mrs. Warren is one of four daughters, and she watches as the two siblings who make “appropriate” and respectful” choices for women of their time and position have their lives destroyed. Therefore, she and another sister make a successful career of managing a string of brothels. The play opens as Mrs. Warren’s sister has retired in comfort.
Mrs. Warren argues that her career demonstrates character and self-respect (two terms usually reserved for virgins or faithful wives). Through Mrs. Warren, Shaw is not defending or condoning prostitution, but rather exposing the social system which drives women into it. He lauds Mrs. Warrens’ resourcefulness and pragmatism.
Mrs. Warren’s daughter, Vivie, is unconventional in her own way: she has chosen to follow a male-dominated career path, and she rejects the typically female pursuits of culture, society, and romance (each represented by a potential suitor).
The play ends without a tidy resolution: Vivie turns her back on the role of dutiful daughter, refusing to care for her mother in her advancing years. She fulfills her duty to herself, not to society’s expectations of her.