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Discuss "Arms and the Man" as an "Anti-Romantic Comedy".

Arms and the Man is a comedy in the broadest sense of the word, meaning it is not a tragedy: nobody dies and nothing terrible happens. It's also a comedy in the narrower sense that its situation is...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2018 12:53 pm UTC

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Explain the title Arms and the Man.  

Shaw takes his title from Virgil's Aeneid: "arma virumque cano,"which means "of arms and the man I sing." Virgil's Aeneid is the heroic story of the Trojan warrior Aeneas, who is credited with...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2017 11:00 am UTC

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What is the significance of the title of the play Arms and the Man?

The title, Arms and the Man, is an ironic reference to Virgil's Aeneid, which glorifies the warrior. Shaw's play, in contrast, satirizes the idea of the warrior hero, showing Sergius as an...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2017 12:31 pm UTC

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how is love and war explained in the arms and the man

Shaw explains love and war by juxtaposing authentic love and realistic responses to war against false romance and false heroism. In this play, Sergius represents both false romance and false...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2018 1:44 pm UTC

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Discuss Arms and the Man as dramatic satire.

This play functions as a satire with two primary focus subjects: war and love. Throughout the text, Shaw satirizes the romantic notions of war that glorify such a terrible event. We are being...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2009 7:25 am UTC

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What is the setting of Arms and the Man?

George Bernard Shaw’s play takes place in a small town in Bulgaria during a war between Bulgaria and Serbia. The time is apparently contemporary with Shaw’s own era, the late nineteenth century....

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 10:19 pm UTC

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What does "arms and the man" mean? 

The title "arms and the man" is taken from the opening line of Virgil's Aeneid, "arma virumque cano" (Latin for "I sing of arms and the man"). In Virgil's poem, it signifies that the work belongs...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 12:03 am UTC

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What is the central theme of the play Arms and the Man?

George Bernard Shaw was a self-effacing man, never concerned with how his comments and outspokenness would affect him. His main aim was always to share his message, and, in doing so, he would point...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2017 7:31 am UTC

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What is the dramatic importance of the coat episode in Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw?

As noted by thanatassa, Bluntschli uses the return of the coat as an excuse to visit Raina. This, along with the discovery of the photograph, helps ensure that our lovers will eventually marry. But...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2017 1:43 am UTC

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Explain the quote "nine soldiers out of ten were born fools."  

Bluntschli says this to Raina after he deserts from the army and hides out in her room. At the point he says it, he is asking her to hide him because soldiers are arriving to search for him. He...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 11:01 pm UTC

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How can the characters of Bluntschli and Sergius be compared?

In this 1894 play that skewers glorifying warfare and making heroes of soldiers, Captain Bluntschli is the practical realist who sets the action in motion by deserting from the army and hiding in...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2017 12:11 pm UTC

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A full summary of Arms and the Man.

Arms and the Man is an anti-war play by George Bernard Shaw. It is one of his first plays, and the title is taken from the first line of Virgil's epic poem the Aeneid ("Arms, and the man I...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2009 1:45 pm UTC

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Which character best serves as George Bernard Shaw's spokesperson in Arms and the Man? How?

One of the best ways to see who speaks for the playwright in Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw is to read the Preface. Shaw is notorious for writing long, entertaining essays as prefaces to...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016 7:03 am UTC

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How is the theme of love explored in Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw?  

The theme of love in George Bernard Shaw's play Arms and the Man is addressed in many ways. One of the main themes that Shaw's play arguably addresses is how people tend to idealize and romanticize...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 3:38 pm UTC

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Describe the first meeting between Raina and Bluntchli in Arms And The Man.

Raina first meets Captain Bluntschli when he hides in her room. He tells her not to try calling out, for he will have no qualms in shooting her if she does so. Seeing her to be an intelligent young...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2015 8:41 pm UTC

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Describe Arms and the Man as a satire.

A satire is a work that uses humour, irony, or wit to show up the failings and pretensions of individuals, insititutions or ideas. This play satirises conventional notions of war as being a heroic...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2013 9:27 am UTC

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Discuss the themes in Arms and the Man.

We can go very deep into theme from Shaw's work of literature by talking about idealism and realism and how they exist in regards to both war and love, but the truth of the matter is that one can...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2013 8:09 pm UTC

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Discuss 'higher love' in the context of Raina and Sergius' relationship in "Arms and the Man."

In the play, the concept of "higher love" is based on misguided ideals of war and masculinity. In the first act, Raina initially voices her doubts about Sergius' ability to excel in combat. She...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2016 4:42 pm UTC

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How would you describe the character of Bluntschli?

Captain Bluntschli is the opposite of Major Sergius Saranoff, who presents himself as a dashing and romantic military hero. Raina thinks she is in love with Serguis, and he plays his lover's role...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2018 10:40 pm UTC

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How is George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man an anti-romantic comedy?

Not only is Arms and the Man an anti-Romantic comedy, but its author, George Bernard Shaw, was the quintessential anti-Romantic writer. The period known as Romanticism was characterized by a more...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2014 3:14 am UTC

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Discuss the theme of marriage in Arms and the Man.

Shaw's play The Arms and the Man is a comedy that uses humor to present a serious critique of romantic views of marriage and warfare. The opening of the play presents the conventional ideology of...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016 2:30 am UTC

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Character sketch of the "chocolate cream soldier" in Arms and the Man.

The “chocolate cream soldier” is a reference to the character of Captain Bluntschli in George Bernard Shaw’s play Arms and the Man. The play is set during the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885. The two...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020 3:19 am UTC

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What is the dramatic significance of Act 1 of Arms and the Man?

The first act of most plays functions as the setup. This is true of act 1 of Arms and the Man as well. It sets up three important things: the setting, the characters, and the main conflict. The...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2018 4:43 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2020 7:54 pm UTC

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Analyze Catherine's character in the play "Arms and The Man" by George Bernard Shaw.

Shaw describes Raina's mother as follows: Catherine Petkoff, a woman over forty, imperiously energetic, with magnificent black hair and eyes, who might be a very splendid specimen of the wife of a...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019 12:03 am UTC

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Bring out the significance of the title Arms and the Man by G.B. Shaw.

George Bernard Shaw's title "Arms and the Man," is based on the opening words of Virgil's Aeneid, "arma virumque cano" (I sing of the arms and the man). These words would have been familiar to...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2018 4:58 pm UTC

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Discuss the themes of "Romanticism of war" and "Romanticism of love" in Arms and the Man.

Raina embodies this topic, with her idealized perception of her fiance, Sergius, who is an officer leading a battle in Bulgaria. Raina sees Sergius as a sort of prince charming, knight in a shining...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2010 2:06 am UTC

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Do you think that socialism or social equality is a dominant theme in the play, Arms and the Man? Give a reasoned...

Socialism and social equality are predominant themes in Arms and the Man. During the time Shaw wrote the play, Britain saw the emergence of a number of class struggles. In fact, Shaw was a...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2018 6:26 am UTC

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How did Shaw use wit and humor throughout the play? 

Shaw uses irony to create humor in this play that shows the absurdity of war and exposes false heroism. Captain Bluntschli, the seemingly dishonorable deserter from battle, proves to be more...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2017 1:01 pm UTC

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The play Arms and the Man bears the sub-title "an anti-romantic comedy". How does Shaw present the anti-romantic...

The anti-romantic element is presented in two ways, through dialogue and through situational irony. The character Raina at first believes in the romantic view of war and in her fantasies embodies...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 6:17 am UTC

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Raina and Bluntschli in Arms and the Man How significant is the meeting of raina and bluntschli in the play?

Raina and Bluntschli's meeting is important because it sets the plot of the play in motion. Even more importantly, it creates a conflict for Raina and causes her to have to rethink her ideas about...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2018 2:11 am UTC

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What are the themes discussed by George Bernard Shaw in Arms and the Man?

Arms and the Man is an anti-war play wrapped within a romantic comedy. Its primary theme is the senselessness of war, and an important secondary theme is women’s burden in maintaining civil society...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018 4:45 am UTC

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Why is Sergius compared to Don Quixote?

Don Quixote has read so many romance novels about knights riding around the countryside saving people from danger that it drives him to madness (insanity) and he decides to become a knight himself....

Latest answer posted March 28, 2017 3:37 am UTC

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Please summarize the first act of Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw.

Shaw's 1894 Arms and the Man is set near the end of the short war between Serbia and Bulgaria in 1885. As Raina, a rich young Bulgarian woman stands on her balcony, filled with romantic thoughts,...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2017 6:41 pm UTC

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What is Byronism in Arms and The Man?

Byronism is seen in the character of Major Saranoff, who is a shining example of Raina and her mother’s romanticized image of a hero. Sergius is often referred to as the Byronic hero or as the...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2009 3:52 am UTC

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How does Act 1 of Arms and the Man introduce the themes of the play?

Act I of Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw introduces two major themes of the play, the nature of love and war and the differences between their reality and the false images promulgated of...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016 8:50 am UTC

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Bernard Shaw's play Arms and the Man is known as a problem play. What problems are referred to in this play?

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the term "problem play" was used to refer to a drama that tackled important social or political issues. The genre was often associated with Henrik...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 1:16 pm UTC

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In George Bernard Shaw's play Arms and the Man, why is Sergius compared to Don Quixote? 

To appreciate the significance of the comparison made in George Bernard Shaw’s antiwar play Arms and the Man of Major Sergius Saranoff to Miguel de Cervantes’ antihero from his classic of...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016 10:17 pm UTC

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How does Shaw attack upper-class society in Arms and the Man?

To begin with, the stage directions of Arms and the Man—which, in Shaw’s plays, are always highly specific—lay the groundwork by introducing the prominent Bulgarian Petkoff family as big fish in a...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019 1:39 am UTC

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Shaw rejected romanticism and embraced realism. How realistic is Arms and the Man? How much of it is "unrealistic"?

Shaw's Arms and the Man is not realistic, if we define realism as characterized by an attempt to accurately reflect life as it really is. I would agree that is an example of nineteenth century...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2018 12:20 pm UTC

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In what ways is Captain Bluntschli an anti-hero?  

The typical hero is brave, strong, and romantic, concerned with honor and glory. In Homer's epics, for example, a key motivation for the hero was "kleos" (fame) that would live on after the hero's...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016 1:50 pm UTC

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Explain the class struggle of Louka's character in Arms and the Man.

You are right to see a difficult class struggle in the character of Louka! She absolutely hates her station as a maid and a servant. Why? Well, first off, she is interested in Major Sergius...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2015 3:25 pm UTC

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Describe Arms and The Man as a modern play? Describe broadly please

Arms and the Man can be described as a modern play, even though it was first produced in 1894 (and followed the Naturalistic characteristics Shaw used in writing), by looking at the themes focused...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011 8:30 am UTC

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What is the dramatic significance of the first act of Arms and the Man?

The first act of Shaw's Arms and the Man sets the plot of the play in motion, and introduces us to the main characters and themes. In the first act, we encounter the two major areas of conflict...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2017 5:19 pm UTC

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How is Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw a satire on attitudes that glorify war and love?

Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw is set during the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885. In the opening scene, we discover Raina, the female romantic lead of the play, discussing her fiancé, Sergius,...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016 6:18 am UTC

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Give a brief account of Raina's first meeting with Bluntschli in "Arms and the Man".

Raina is readying for bed in the darkness of her chamber when she sees her shutters open and close and hears ragged breathing in her room. A match is briefly lit and then put out, and a man's...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2008 2:59 pm UTC

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The Man states "I never saw anything so unprofessional." a) What does chocolate-cream soldier call...

The unprofessional act that the Man is describing is Serius' leading a "heroic" cavalry charge into a machine gun nest. A few lines down he elaborates as follows: He did it like an operatic...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 6:36 am UTC

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What is separately revealed about Raina , Bluntschli and Sergius in Act 3 of "Arms And The Man"?

Bluntschli's shrewd assessment of Raina's character allows him to enjoy her sometimes capricious playfulness without betraying his own practical nature. He is able to masterfully reign in her...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2015 7:34 pm UTC

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Critically analyze the significance of the opening scene of the play Arms and the Man. 

The opening scene of Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw introduces the context, the main characters, and the central conflict of the play. In this, as in all of Shaw's plays, it is important...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 9:02 am UTC

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In what ways is war romanticized in Arms and the Man?

First, Arms and the Man does not romanticize war. Rather, it is intended to show, through satire, that war is futile, tragic, and ultimately absurd. There are some characters in the play who do...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2020 3:20 pm UTC

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