Vol. 1, Issue 6 (2014)
Life force theory in George Bernard Shaw 's play Back to Methuselah
Author(s): Chakreswari Dixit, Yougesh Kumar Gautam
Abstract: Shaw's greatness does not lie in the fact alone that he is a genius of the stage. His greatness also depends on the fact that he Hs presented a social philosophy which is of much value and importance in our age, the age of conflict between war and peace, capitalism and socialism, conservatism and humanism. In order to convey the meaning of life-force theory to the society, Shaw has presented his characters in a very lively manner. In his play Back To Methuselah, he expounded the philosophy of the life-force and Superman. The play expresses the Shavian idea about creative evolution of the life force. Shaw believed in the life to come. According to his philosophy the Life-Force or Elan Vital is making experiments in order to creative better forms of life. In other words it can be said that life is gradually evolving. But what will be the goal of this evolution, this has been answered by Shaw in various ways. In Man and Superman Shaw expresses his views vaguely the the purpose of creative evolution is to evolve super human beings .But this idea has been given a systematic philosophic form in Back To Methuselah. The present research article my aim is to highlight the LIFE-FORCE THEORY in GEORGE BERNARD SHAW'S play "BACK TO METHUSELAH".