George Bernard Shaw was called, with good reason, the "English
Nietzsche". Though Nietzsche was an aristocrat and Shaw a socialist,
both cherished the dream of the superman and looked forward to the day
when he would be realised. Both, however, were characterised by their
mordant wit and intellectual cynicism, in which "Man and Superman"
abounds. Shaw manages to compress a number of disparate themes into a
relatively taut dramatic format, even throwing in a scene in which Don
Juan, the Devil and a gang of anarchist brigands make an appearance.
The central event of the plot involves the wealthy Tanner, a member of
the "Idle Rich Class" making himself subservient to the Life Force and
seeking the perfect woman to marry, who would guarantee him a very
special offspring, his ideal, the superman himself.
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