Title of Play Apple Cart

The title of the play “The Apple Cart” is taken from a well-known English Phrase “to upset the apple cart. ” A person is said “to upset the apple cart” when he spoils or frustrates some one else’s carefully arranged plan. Upsetting apple carts had ever been one of Shaw’s main occupations. In this play he upsets the apple cart of democracy. Side by side, he upsets the apple of royalty also . He exposes the unreality of both democracy and royalty. There are two references to this phrase in the play. Both of theme occur in Act II. The first reference occurs when the king threatens to abdicate.

Nicobar tellr him at that time : you cannot upset the apple cart like this. The second reference occurs in a remark made by king Magnus. When he is over and the ultimatum is torn into pieces. He addresses Nicobar and observes: So I have not upset the apple cart after all. The apple cart in the play stands for the huge democratic machinery in England where the government is supposed to be carried on by the parliamentary majority. There is the constitutional King to give his sanction to the actions of the Legislature and the Cabinet. It is the prerogative of the king to veto any act or proposal which is not in the intrest of the nation.

Prime minister Joe Proteus and his Cabinet make a plan to deprive the king of his power of veto. They to reduce the king to a mere rubber-stamp. So they present an ultimatum to the king. It lays down three conditions (a) the king should no more make any public speeches. (b) He should not refer to his royal veto in future. King magnus is too clever for the cabinet . He has an ace of trump in his hand and knows how and when to play it. He upsets the apple cart of the cabinet by threatening to abdicate and by contesting election as a common man. He declares that he will form a part.

As a leader of his party he will become the prime Minister and replace Proteus. Proteus and his cabinet colleagues are taken aback at the king’s decision. Proteus feels that his prime ministership is in danger. He takes back the ultimatum from the king and tears it into pieces. He then declares,“There is not going to be any abdication. There is not going to be any general election. There is not going to be any ultimatum we go on as before. ” The Apple cart is an apt title. It suggests how the king frustrates the carefully arranged plan of the cabinet to reduce him to a cipher.

He upsets their apple cart by his wit, wisdom, intelligence and presence of mind. The Ministers feel confused. Protues withdraws the ultimatum. Character Sketch Of King Magnus Magnus is the hero of the play The Apple Cart. Magnus is one of the very few living and perfect characters created by Shaw. He is very witty, clever, humrous and cool-headed. He is tallish, studious looking gentleman of about forty five. He has a very charming and attractive personality. King Magnus possesses rare tact and political wisdom. He knows how to face a crisis.

The biggest crisis comes when his Cabinet Ministers give him an ultimatum that he must not refer to his veto power. He must not make any public speeches. He must not instigate the public the Press against the Ministers. Magnus handles the situation very cleverly and upsets the apple cart of Cabinet. He proves more than a match for his Ministers. Magnus is extremely clear-headed and sensible. He thinks that modern democracy has miserably failed and that the real power nowadays belongs neither to King nor to Parliament but to rich indusrialists.

Similarly he knows that in workaday life a cabbage (Queen Jemima) is more useful than a rose (Orinthia). When the American Ambassador informs him that the United States has decided to merge into the English Empire, Magnus feels worried. He suspects that it is a plan to make England end up as a mere star on the flag of America. In this case he shows a deep farsightedness. Magnus is not anti democratic. He is rather a great democrat. He warns his Ministers how democracy has sunk into plutocracy. Magnus is honest, frank and conscientious. He stands above dishonesty and corruption.

He thinks that his royal veto is the only check on corrupt laws passed by legislators, who are under the influence of rich indusrial corporations, like Breakages Limited. Magnus does not approve of corrupt Ministers who use their office and position to provide jobs and posts to their relatives. He tries to educate the Ministers who quarrel among themselves for loaves and fishes. Magnus has a splendid sense of humour. He makes a number of excellent, witty and humorous remarks in the play. He always wins in the battle of wits with his Ministers. Magnus is a skillful debater.

He knows the art of putting forth his views forcefully and convincingly. He is able to convince Boanerges that the king is not an India rubber stamp. He tells him that the President of a Republic wields greater power than a king. He convinces him that Ministers may come and Ministers may go but a king goes on for ever. Similarly, he justifies his royal veto. He says that the king has every right to veto an act or plan which is not in the interest of the nation. King Magnus is not only a wise statesman, he is deeply human too. He has a sense of romance and beauty. Thus, he appreciates the beauty and glamour of Orinthia.

He tells Orinthia also that her name has a magic and romance about it, She is the heroine of a fairyland for him. He goes to her for a change when he gets bored with his heavy work. But Magnus is not a slave to passion. He enjoys the company of beautiful Orinthia. But he withstands her desire to bind him to herself. He rejects her suggestion to divorce queen Jemima for her sake. Orinthia compares herself to a rose, and Jemima to a cabbage. Magnus at once tells her that cabbages are far more useful than roses. He further points out that every human is a rose in her youth, but becomes a cabbage with the advance of years.

When Orinthia asks him to marry her, Magnus tells her frankly: “ keeping our distance is the whole secret of good manners. ” In fact, Magnus is one of Shaw’s most brilliant creations. He is not only intelligent and brilliant, but also deeply human. He carries a wise head over his shoulders. He is Shaw’s mouthpiece and expresses the dramatist’s views on the subject of democracy. Shaw has bestowed all his affection and all the wealth of his imagination on Magnus. He is, indeed, one of the greatest figures in modern drama. Pen Portrait Of Joseph Proteus Proteus the Prime Minister plays a leading role in the play, The Apple Cart.

He comes next only to King Magnus. Though he lacks the brilliance and intelligence of Magnus, he has his own tact and political wisdom. Proteus uses two weapons in the his battle with the King. These two weapons are his threat to resign and show of bad temper. Proteus’s bad temper is a good policy. Magnus as well as some members of the Cabinet, knows that Proteus pretends to lose his temper whenever it suits him. Thus Magnus says to him, “My opinion of you is that no man knows better than you when to speak and when to let others speak for you; when to make scenes and threaten resignation, and when to be as cool as a cucumber.

Proteus himself says that he is not such a fool as some fools think him to be. Proteus is quite a good fighter. He presents an ultimatum to King Magnus asking him to agree to three conditions: (a) The King should not make more public speeches. (b) He should not instigate the press against the Cabinet. (c) He should never refer to his royal veto. He shows much firmness about the Ultimatum. King Magnus wants to discuss the American Ambassador’s proposal of merger. But, Proteus asks him firmly: “What about the Ultimatum, sir ? You promised your decision at 5 o’ clock. It is now quarter past.

” Proteus is a good judge of human beings. He has found out that Magnus is as artful as the devil. Similarly, he knows that the best way to have his way is to threten to resign. Thus whenever he finds things getting out of control, he plays his trump card- his threat to resign. Proteus handles the members of his Cabinet successfully only because he understands their psychology. He snubs and scolds them at the most proper time. It is by his skilful handling of them that they support him in the conflict with the King. Boanerges and Lysistrata are on the side of Magnus.

But, they too have to stand by Proteus when he gives the Ultimatam to the King. Proteus has a good sense of humour. He can laugh at himself as at others. For example, he makes a witty remark about himself: “I am Prime Minister for the same reason that all Prime Ministers have been Prime Ministers, because I am good for nothing else. ” At another occasion he asks: “I had rather be a dog than the Prime Minister of a country where the only things the inhabitants can be serious about are football and refreshments. ” Proteus is a shrewd politician.

He stands firm on the issue of the Ultimatum. But, when he feels caught out by the over-cleverness of Magnus, he at once withdraws the Ultimatum and tears it into pieces. As soon as he feels that his Prime Ministership is in danger he declares: “There is not going to be any Ultimatum. We go on as before. The crisis is a washout. ” Though not as clever and brilliant as Magnus. Proteus is quite cunning, shrewd and diplomatic. He is shrewd enough to know on which side his bread is buttered. He bullies or yields as it suits him. Altogether, Proteus is a likeable character.

Like any other modern politician he also works on the principle: “Everything is fair not only in love and war but also in the politics and diplomacy. ” Comment on the title of the play “The Apple Cart” . The title of the play “The Apple Cart” is -known . “to upset the apple cart. ” A person is said “to upset the apple cart” when he .some one else’s carefully arranged plan. apple carts . one of Shaw’s . In this play he democracy. Side by side, he upsets the apple of also . He exposes the . There are phrase in the play. Both of theme occur in Act II. The first reference occurs when the king .

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He upsets their apple cart by his wit, wisdom, intelligence and presence of mind. The Ministers feel . Protues the ultimatum. Character Sketch Of King Magnus Magnus is the hero of the play The Apple Cart. Magnus is one of the very few . created by Shaw. He is very . He is . gentleman of about forty five. He has a very charming and attractive personality. King Magnus possesses . He knows how to face a crisis. The biggest crisis comes when his Cabinet Ministers give him an ultimatum that he power. He must not make any public speeches. He must and the Press against the Ministers.

Magnus handles the situation very cleverly and upsets the apple cart of Cabinet. He proves more his Ministers. Magnus is . He thinks that democracy has miserably failed and that the real power but to rich indusrialists. Similarly he knows that in workaday life a cabbage (Queen Jemima) is more useful than a rose (Orinthia). When the informs him that the has decided to merge into the Empire, Magnus feels worried. He suspects that it is a end up as a mere star on the flag of America. In this case he shows a . Magnus is not democratic. He is rather a great democrat. He warns his Ministers how democracy has sunk into .

Magnus is . He stands above dishonesty and corruption. He thinks that his royal veto is the only check on corrupt laws passed by legislators, who are under the , like Breakages Limited. Magnus of corrupt Ministers who use their office and position to provide jobs and posts to their relatives. He tries to educate the Ministers who quarrel among themselves for . Magnus has a splendid sense of humour. He makes a number of remarks in the play. He always wins in the battle of wits with his Ministers. Magnus is a debater. He knows the art of putting forth his views . He is able to convince Boanerges that the king is not an stamp.

He tells him that the a king. He convinces him that Ministers may come and Ministers may go but . Similarly, he veto. He says that the king has every right to of the nation. King Magnus is not only too. He has a sense of . Thus, he the beauty and glamour of Orinthia. He tells Orinthia also that her name has a it, She is the heroine for him. He goes to her for a change when he gets bored with work. But Magnus is not . He enjoys the company of . But he to bind him to herself. He rejects her suggestion to . sake. Orinthia compares herself to a rose, and Jemima to a cabbage.

Magnus at once tells her that cabbages are far more useful than roses. He further points out that every human is a rose in her youth, but becomes years. When Orinthia asks him to marry her, Magnus tells her frankly: “ keeping our is the whole manners. ” In fact, Magnus is one of Shaw’s . He is not only and , but also deeply . He a wise head over his shoulders. He is Shaw’s on the subject of democracy. Shaw has and all the on Magnus. He is, indeed, one of the drama. Pen Portrait Of Joseph Proteus Proteus the Prime Minister in the play, The Apple Cart. He comes next only to King Magnus.

Though he lacks of Magnus, he has his wisdom. Proteus uses with the King. These two weapons are his temper. Proteus’s bad temper is a good policy. Magnus as well as some members of the Cabinet, knows that Proteus pretends to lose his temper whenever it suits him. Thus Magnus says to him, “My opinion of you is that no man ; when to make resignation, and when cucumber. Proteus himself says that he is not such a fool as some fools think him to be. Proteus is quite a good fighter. He presents an ultimatum to King Magnus asking him to agree to three conditions: (a) The King should not make more public speeches.

(b) He should not the Cabinet. (c) He should his royal veto. He shows Ultimatum. King Magnus wants to discuss the of merger. But, Proteus asks him firmly: “What about the Ultimatum, sir ? You promised your decision at 5 o’ clock. It is now quarter past. ” Proteus is a beings. He has found out that Magnus is as artful as the devil. Similarly, he knows that is to threten to resign. Thus whenever he finds things getting out of control, he plays his trump card- his threat to resign. Proteus handles the members of his Cabinet successfully only because he understands their . He them at the most proper time.

It is by his of them that they support him the King. Boanerges and Lysistrata are on the side of Magnus. But, they too have to stand by Proteus when to the King. Proteus has a good sense of humour. He can laugh at himself as at others. For example, he makes a witty remark about himself: “I am Prime Minister for the same reason that all Prime Ministers have been Prime Ministers, because I else. ” At another occasion he asks: “I had rather be a dog than the Prime Minister of a country where the only things the can be serious about are . ” Proteus is a politician. He stands firm on the issue of the Ultimatum.

But, when he feels caught out by the of Magnus, he at once withdraws the Ultimatum and tears it into pieces. As soon as he feels that his Prime Ministership is in danger he declares: “There is not going to be any Ultimatum. We go on as before. The crisis is a washout. ” Though not Magnus. Proteus is quite and . He is shrewd enough to know on which side his . He bullies or yields as it suits him. Altogether, Proteus is a likeable character. Like any other modern politician he also works on the principle: “Everything is fair not only in love and war but also in the politics and diplomacy. ”