Arms and the Man

This witty masterpiece combines high comedy with social commentary as it deflates romantic misconceptions of love and warfare First produced on the London stage in 1894, Arms and the Man is one of the most frequently acted and studied of Shaw s plays.When Arms and The Man premiered, Shaw was already a celebrity art critic and socialist lecturer It was so successful thatThis witty masterpiece combines high comedy with social commentary as it deflates romantic misconceptions of love and warfare First produced on the London stage in 1894, Arms and the Man is one of the most frequently acted and studied of Shaw s plays.When Arms and The Man premiered, Shaw was already a celebrity art critic and socialist lecturer It was so successful that it immediately established him as one of the greatest wits of London s theatre scene Shaw subtitled the play An Anti Romantic Comedy.Each title in the Bernard Shaw AC Ward series has a general critical introduction to the works of Shaw, a specific introduction to the play itself, the author s own preface, and also notes and glossaries The series has now been enhanced and enriched with additional student friendly features such as analyses of themes and characterisation, act wise summaries and questions, and a select reading list We hope that these value additions will help maintain the popularity that the series has long enjoyed with teachers and students alike.
Arms and the Man This witty masterpiece combines high comedy with social commentary as it deflates romantic misconceptions of love and warfare First produced on the London stage in Arms and the Man is one of the

  • Title: Arms and the Man
  • Author: George Bernard Shaw A.C. Ward
  • ISBN: 9788125042471
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Arms and the Man”

    1. Oh yes & NOW the Nobel prize seems pretty adequate.It is awesome to see how Shaw has honed his skill considerably (both "Widower's Houses" and "Mrs. Warren's Profession", written a few years before this one, are slightly more pedantic and the characters are less likeable, albeit, antiromantic/real). "Arms and the Man" is finally where we see the full roundedness of all the immoral characters--though this one finally has a man who is less interested in war than surviving it--who is dashing an [...]

    2. Another entry in my Shaw reading project. One of the most charming, witty romantic comedies ever written with an irreverent twist.Stuck in a backwater town, Raina Petkoff craves more out of life. Having read every book in the library, including all the romance novels, she’s sure there is more in store for her­ ­~~ she wants adventure, she wants love, she wants to get out of town. So, when a charming Swiss soldier on the hop from the battlefield clambers into her bedroom, what’s a clever, p [...]

    3. Arms and the Man is Bernard Shaw’s first great play. It is filled with witty and amusing dialogue, a diverting and well-constructed plot, and charming, well differentiated characters. A perfect light comedy designed to amuse the most jaded audience, it is also a deadly serious play that launches a fierce attack on one of the most destructive beliefs of Shaw’s (and any other) time: that war is heroic and magnificent, and that the gallant soldier is the supreme icon of manhood, something to be [...]

    4. Reinventing the War Hero6 December 2015 If we don't count the National Theatre version of Man and Superman that I watched in the cinema this would be the first Shavian play that I have seen performed (though I would add the word live considering the National Theatre version was videoed and then distributed around the world, which I have to say is really cool because it means that I get to see some awesome productions that I would not normally get to see – though I did end up missing out on the [...]

    5. Teaching Bernard ShawPaper presented at Kerala University, TrivandrumMarch 1999Teaching the plays of George Bernard Shaw to the undergraduate students of Kerala state, India is not an easy task. Taking into consideration the poor exposure to English literature that the students have got during the twelve years of their schooling, any piece of literature poses a serious challenge before the teacher.The undergraduate students of Kerala are not very well exposed to English literature. In the high s [...]

    6. Having loved Pygmalion, I wanted to try something else from Shaw.Arms and the Man seems at first just a charming comedy full of humour, but under the guise of entertaining us this is really a witty satire deconstructing the romantic concepts of military heroism and love.The play, which was produced in 1894 and published in 1898, takes place at the end of a short Bulgarian-Serbian war. A lady shelters a war-weary Swiss mercenary who surprises her with his admission to fearing death and to preferr [...]

    7. I have yet to read anything by Shaw that I didn't like and this play was no exception. There were several parts of this play that had me laughing out loud. One of my favourites is when Raina is trying to show Bluntschli that she is not an ignorant country girl, but a civilized person:Raina: You shewed great ignorance in thinking that it was necessary to climb up the balconyThere is a flight of stairs inside to get up and down by.The Man (Bluntschli): Stairs! How grand! You live in great luxury i [...]

    8. In the opening scene of Arms and the Man, which establishes the play’s embattled Balkan setting, young Raina learns of her suitor’s heroic exploits in combat. She rhapsodizes that it is “a glorious world for women who can see its glory and men who can act its romance!” Soon, however, such romantic falsifications of love and warfare are brilliantly and at times hilariously unmasked in a comedy that reveals George Bernard Shaw at his best as an acute social observer and witty provocateur. [...]

    9. نمایشنامه سرباز شکلاتی با دیدگاهی خیال پردازانه و عاطفی نسبت به جنگ، به ويژه در شخصیت رینا و سرگیوس آغاز می شود. آن‌ها با تجربیاتی که به دست می آورند و درس‌هایی که از بلونکلی می آموزند، متوجه می شوند که جنگ چیز باشکوهی نیست.واقعیت جنگرینا و سرگیوس تفکراتشان نسبت به جنگ را از ک [...]

    10. The best compliment that I can give George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man is that, when I assigned it at the beginning of May, most of my Honors British Literature class read it. I suppose you can only really understand the weight of that compliment if you have attempted to teach high school seniors a few weeks before graduation. (They generally don't have the attention span to finish writing "Don't ever change" in their friends' yearbooks.) But Shaw's play somehow got and kept their attention. [...]

    11. Added 6/16/13.I watched "Arms and the Man" via a Netflix DVD (1987). It stars Helena Bonham Carterdb/title/tt0862646/dvdflix/Movie/Arms-andI did not read the original a play (a comedy) by George Bernard Shaw:Arms and the Man (1894).enpedia/wiki/Arms_andThe story takes place during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War."Bonham's character hides a soldier in her "chambers" and the story goes on from there. It's a bit wordy and melodramatic but I suppose that was the style back in the 1890's.To me it seemed [...]

    12. على خطى توليستوي في (الحرب و السلام) ، بيسير برنارد شو هنا في مسرحيته (الإنسان و السلاح) ، على طريق تعرية أخلاق الحرب و البطولة الزائفة و الإصطناع، في مقابل الإنتصار للرومانسية الواقعية ! المسرحية بتدور أحداثها في بلغاريا سنة 1885 وقت نشوب الحرب الصربية-البلغارية***** بلونتشلي : ت [...]

    13. Do you question the value of war? How do you view heroes? Do you believe a man in uniform is smarter, braver, and more manly than the one who isn't in uniform? Read how Shaw portrays wars, heroes, and the man in uniform. I found this satirical comedy by Shaw to be hilarious. Others might not. I can't wait to see it performed!

    14. This is one of my favorite plays. I had the good fortune to see a pretty well done production at university, so I already knew the plot and language of the play. This is a superb comedy, right up there with The Importance of Being Earnest, among the best plays of the late Victorian period. This period seems to be (at least to me) the era when dry British humor really came to dominate English comedy and mark it as a distinct and recognizable genre, and Shaw's play definitely maes use of that kind [...]

    15. Silly and predictable. Of course English teachers everywhere try to read too much into it. Eh. I liked Bluntschli. But not Raina. She was silly. And Catherine was the best because I read her voice in a very goofy British accent despite the fact that they're all Bulgarian (except, of course, Bluntschli.)

    16. What a great play. While it makes fun of the military, the chocolate-cream soldier is one I would follow into battle. If you enjoy snooty people getting their due, and love winning out, enjoy. The satire is as pointed today as it was in the 1890s.

    17. روعة روعة مسرحية ذو قيمة فنية عالية جدااسلوب راقى للحوار مفاهيم صادقة للشجاعة والحرية واحترام الذات

    18. It's a great novel by the great writer Bernard Shaw. It shows how the society seems and live at that time. And how the upper classes care only about their appearance and how they look at the lower classes. It opens your eyes about the fake image that the upper classes live in.

    19. Arms and the Man by George Bernard ShawOn a scale from 1 to 10, this is a six for this readerI used to be so enthusiastic about George Bernard Shaw and now I am so disappointed that my assessment of his plays is surely biased.About twenty years ago, I was so thrilled by his appearance, manner and most of all humor that I thought him one of the best play writers.In the meantime I tend to agree with Maugham who said that both Shaw and Ibsen had benefited greatly from a lucky timing.Their themes be [...]

    20. The plays have a special effect on the readers. We imagine them as plays while we read understanding the dialogues the feelings the expressions. it is as if we are acting all the acts and our heart goes along with the play.And i should assure everyone this play of GB Shaw is a remarkable one, with adventure, beautiful turn of events and above all the sweetness of an English romance. I am not good in rating a play, but i can't give anything less than the best to this.Thank you, GB Shaw and to my [...]

    21. Delightfully British in that it's wittily xenophobic, but this is not Shaw's best work, nor his best characters. With stellar performers depth can be added but the roles read haltingly, to ostiff to develop any real sense of the human condition. Shaw deals with the question of nobility and heroism and the honor of common sense admirably, but after seeing his other work, it does not quite measure up.

    22. The first time I have read this light-hearted look at the return of soliders from war by one of my favoriate authors - Shaw.The language is typically wonderful. The female characters are well fleshed out and multi-dementional - as we have all become to expect from Shaw.Current soliders to not have the benefit of returning home to such romantic farce and ease of adaption.

    23. An excellent play by Shaw! The fecundity of war and the hypocrisy and pretentiousness of society have been ridiculed by such a simple and clever plot. The Swiss chocolate cream soldier, captain Blanchly, is a most intriguing character, in my opinion one of the most memorable in modern theatre.

    24. "I hadnt even a revolver cartridge: only chocolate" . . " you are right to take this huge imposture of a world coolly"I think I am in love with Bernard shaw works!

    25. Coming right off the heels of reading Shaw's "Major Barbara", I found his "Arms and the Man" to be slightly dissatisfying. The characters, although charismatic and amusing, were difficult to relate with and I found myself wondering why they behaved in such a manner. I tried to read this play with the same mind as reading Oscar Wilde, allowing a wide berth for sarcasm and satire, but I found this difficult to do, realizing at the close of Act III (the plays final scene) that I didn't care for any [...]

    26. This can still be a fun, charming little story, but with a much deeper meaning. Shaw's intentions were to mock the English with a subtle unveiling of truths behind war and class warfare. This seems a bit far-fetched, sure, but if you keep in mind who the playwright was and what he stood for while reading it, I'm sure you'll find it more than a "light" read. Shaw was nearly masking his true agenda and was booed in English theaters once it was realized. Which, personally for me -- my rebellious te [...]

    27. When I found this in my uncle's library, I didn't know who George Bernard Shaw was, but by the time I reached the end, I was very sure that he's going to be one of my favorite playwrights. This play took me on a short adventure with beautiful twists and turn of events, sometimes a little predictable but still it was fun and even hilarious. I really enjoyed reading it. The 3rd and final act was my favorite.Edit: I watched the play and I highly recommend it.

    28. I really enjoyed this play and found it to be quite humorous. I want to call it a satire, but really it is the complete opposite. Shaw portrays characters so realistically without exaggerating their flaws, yet his characterization and clever dialogue expose the fact that, as Sergius puts it, "Life's a farce." On a sidenote, I don't recommend this eidtion of the play--quite a few spelling errors/typos.

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