Major Barbara | Study Guide

George Bernard Shaw

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Major Barbara | Characters

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Character Description
Barbara Major Barbara Undershaft is a well-to-do young woman who has given up many privileges of her class to commit herself to saving souls through her work at the Salvation Army. Read More
Undershaft Andrew Undershaft is the cynical, worldly-wise, middle-aged man whose business of manufacturing munitions has made him a millionaire. Read More
Cusins Adolphus Cusins, an intelligent Greek scholar, will do just about anything for his fiancé Barbara, including playing the drum at Salvation Army meetings. Read More
Lady Britomart A member of the British nobility, Lady Britomart Undershaft is unyielding in her morals and expectations for her children. Read More
Mrs. Baines Mrs. Baines is a pragmatic but sincere Salvation Army leader, happy to accept funds from any source and turn them to good use.
Bilton Bilton, a man with a dry sense of humor, is a foreman in a weapons factory.
Bodger Also known as the newly titled Lord Saxmundham, Sir Horace Bodger is a wealthy distiller who funds various charities to gain a better name in the community.
Todger Fairmile A strong boxer, Todger Fairmile has been converted by the Salvation Army.
Mog Habbijam A convert to the Salvation Army, Mog Habbijam has in turn begun converting others.
Jenny Hill A generous young woman with an earnest faith, Jenny Hill works tirelessly at the Salvation Army to help save the poor.
Lazarus Undershaft's business partner, Lazarus is anxious that its next owner be named.
Charles Lomax Charles Lomax is a good-natured, although silly and rather ignorant, young upper-class man.
Rummy Romola "Rummy" Mitchens, who goes by Rummy, is a poor married woman who pretends to have a sad life story to take advantage of the assistance provided by the Salvation Army.
Morrison Morrison is the very proper English butler in the Undershaft home.
Snobby Snobby Price, whose real name is Bronterre O'Brien Price, is an unemployed painter by trade with a talent for dishonesty and manipulation.
George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw is the playwright of Major Barbara. He does not appear as a character in the play, but his preface is analyzed, and he is quoted within this guide.
Peter Shirley Honest, intelligent, working-class Peter Shirley is a man who is upset to have lost his job to a younger worker.
Earl of Stevenage Lady Britomart's father, the Earl of Stevenage is a titled gentleman who doesn't think he should support his grandchildren when their father, his son-in-law, is a millionaire.
Sarah Undershaft Sarah Undershaft is an easy-going, upper-class young woman who knows her fiancé is rather stupid but seems to care for him nonetheless.
Stephen Undershaft A well-to-do English gentleman, Stephen Undershaft has no real talents or ambitions but is confident in his moral code.
Bill Walker Bill Walker is a bully from the streets of London's East End.
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