Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw is kind of a funny story. I think many of us can relate to it. It starts off where a man named Praed comes to call on a woman named Vivie thanks to Vivie’s mother. What kind of mom doesn’t meddle in their child’s business, especially their love life? Praed is impressed with Vivie’s accomplishments for school. She excelled in mathematics. Vivie is a smart young lady and knows what she wants in life. But Vivie goes on to tell Praed that she doesn’t want romance in her life ” Oh yes I do. I like working and getting paid for it. When I’m tired of working, I like a comfortable chair, a cigar, a little whisky, and a novel with a good detective story in it.”
Later on, Mrs. Warren show up, she is the mother I mentioned earlier. She asks Praed what he thinks of her little girl and he says she shouldn’t call Vivie a little girl. They go on to debate this statement. This whole progression was interesting to me because our blog focuses on the Victorian era and the politics of it all. Back in that era, a woman would be looked down upon for having a smart mouth like Vivie Warren does. Women wouldn’t have accomplished as much as she has. Victorian women also want to be married and have a husband. That is what one of their main goals is, so she can bear children and take care of the family and the house work.
Vivie Warren seems like the complete opposite. She took things into her own hands and didn’t let her mother run or ruin her life. She wanted to grow up and learn from mistakes on her own. That’s what us kids do now a days. We have to learn from our mistakes in order to become a mature and responsible adult. That’s why we are at college, getting it all out of system before we enter the real world of money making and adulthood.