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arms and the manwhat is the meaning of ottoman in arms and the man?please i want an answer

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flexinozile | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2010 at 5:48 AM via web

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arms and the man

what is the meaning of ottoman in arms and the man?please i want an answer

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 6, 2010 at 6:20 AM (Answer #2)

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The word ottoman as used in the drama Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw refers to a piece of furniture that was kept in the room of Raina Petkoff. It is a low cushioned seat without a back or arms. In the first act Raina drops her cloak on this ottoman, from where it is picked up later by Sergius. Also Sergius drops his pistol on this same ottoman, where it could have been easily seen by the Serbian officers who enters the room of Raina in search of Sergius. However the officer misses noticing the pistol lying on the ottoman.

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samsir | College Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 6, 2010 at 7:56 AM (Answer #3)

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Ottoman is a Turkish word. It means the Turkish Empire founded by Ottman (Osman :1290-1326).But here ‘Turkish Ottoman’ means a cushioned seat without back or arms.This kind of fernitures were first used in turkey.Turkish articles were found in the bedroom of raina. The Bulgarians were under the rules of Turks for many  years. So the Bulgarians were greatly influnced by the manners and customs of the Turkish people.

For further details you may visit: http://www.friesian.com/turkia.htm


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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 6, 2010 at 11:50 AM (Answer #4)

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If you have any older style armchairs that have matching pieces that prop up your feet, that is another way to understand what an ottoman is. In fact, my grandparents used the term, I understood it to be another word for "footstool".

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 6, 2010 at 6:13 PM (Answer #5)

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The Ottoman is a particular piece of furniture that is basically a cushioned seat without any support. It is primarily used as a footrest, or if used as a stool, somewhat centers the spine as someone sits down on it.

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