Analysis Of The Novel ' Three Plays For Puritans '

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For Mrs. Dudgeon as a flat character, Show used her to reveal anger in a different way. This anger is not out of hate, but it is out of mothers deep feeling of suffering because of her dear son. Saltzman said that Show in his book "Three Plays for Puritans," was giving an example of puritans by the character of the disagreeable Mrs. Dudgeon, a woman who bears with "intensely recalcitrant resignation". Shaw made a lot of contrasts between the puritanical Mrs. Dudgeon and her son(Saltzman. Page1).Here Saltzman shows that the two characters of both the mother and the son are extremely different, which made Mrs. Dudgeon always angry and refused to forgive her son. Shaw writes of the severe Puritanism of Mrs. Dudgeon and how her dubious piety (a mask for hatred and hypocrisy) naturally leads her son, Dick (Richard) Dudgeon, to dissent, which in turn reveals his true adherence to Christian values. But this tale of familial rebellion in eighteenth-century America has a distinctly modern tenor(Sagittarius. Page1). Mrs. Dudgeon 's double faces made her son away of her, that she refused to fight against the English colonizers out of fear that they could be hanged just like Richard 's uncle. This made Richard angry and left this hypocrisy and go away of his family. MRS. DUDGEON (bursting into dry angry tears). Well, I do think this is hard on me—very hard on me. His brother, that was a disgrace to us all his life, gets hanged on the public gallows as a rebel; and your father,
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