Androcles and the Lion

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Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,636 / 54 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.9
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,288
mnybks.net#: 6342
Genre: Drama
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l, dear, do you want to see one?

MEGAERA (tearing the bundle from his back) You cruel beast, you don't care how tired I am, or what becomes of me (she throws the bundle on the ground): always thinking of yourself. Self! self! self! always yourself! (She sits down on the bundle).

ANDROCLES (sitting down sadly on the ground with his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands) We all have to think of ourselves occasionally, dear.

MEGAERA. A man ought to think of his wife sometimes.

ANDROCLES. He can't always help it, dear. You make me think of you a good deal. Not that I blame you.

MEGAERA. Blame me! I should think not indeed. Is it my fault that I'm married to you?

ANDROCLES. No, dear: that is my fault.

MEGAERA. That's a nice thing to say to me. Aren't you happy with me?

ANDROCLES. I don't complain, my love.

MEGAERA. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

ANDROCLES. I am, my dear.

MEGAERA. You're not: you glory in it.

ANDROCLES. In what, darling?

MEGAERA. In everything. I

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Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
2005.10.28
Winefride
*****

This play is a very witty critique, you could say, indictment of Christian belief, using the old story of Androcles and the lion and setting it in the time of Roman persecution of the Christians. I find it extremely funny but Christians who have difficulty accepting questions about their belief may find it disturbing and offensive. It poses difficult questions for believers.

2004.10.10
Madhur C Makkar
***..

A Good book.A satire on religion by Shaw.The play depicts how in modern times the human beings have become beasts,the feelings of love and compassion have been completely forgotten and ironically the beasts have become humane.


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