Compare the relationships of Raina and Bluntschli and Raina and Sergius from the first two acts of Arms and the Man.

Raina and Bluntschli have a relationship that is authentic and honest from the start of Arms and the Man. In contrast, Raina and Sergius are romantic with each other. He is the dashing calvary officer, and she his adoring lady.

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In the first two acts of Arms and the Man, Raina’s respective relationships with Bluntschli and Sergius are established and then begin to be switched. Initially, Bluntschli is a stranger and an intruder, while Sergius is a familiar friend and romantic partner. As Raina gets to know Bluntschli, however, she feels more comfortable with him. She gradually realizes that things she believed about Sergius are actually not true, and their personalities are not compatible. Through the process of getting to know the apparently cynical stranger, Raina also discovers truths about herself and her society.

As the play begins, the audience learns about Sergius through Raina and her mother; he does not appear onstage. He is Raina’s fiancé and an established member of their social circle. Both women have positive impressions of him that are enhanced by the news of his heroism in battle. Although Raina admits to having worried about his performance in battle, she welcomes news of his valor. In...

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