Sub Topics: the truly human point of view of progress held by Mrs. Meldon in John Ervine’s One- act Play “Progress”
Key Words: one- act play, opposite views on war, Mrs. Meldon, horrors of war, great progress of human knowledge and skill, devastating weapons
In John Ervine’s one- act play “Progress”, we get two opposite views on war. One is held by Henry and the other by his sister, Mrs. Meldon. The drama is based on the conflict of these two views on war. Henry holds that war is inevitable because human beings are too pugnacious. The horrors of war do not affect him in the least. To him the purpose of war is killing, and so it is no use being sentimental about death and destruction caused by war. He claims to have invented a far deadlier weapon than anything ever used in wars. And he is firm in his belief that his invention is the result of a great progress of human knowledge and skill. According to him, man’s progress consists in the invention of devastating weapons to shorten the duration of war.