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MonkeyNotes-Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
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CONFLICT

The conflict in "Arms and the Man" is between opposing beliefs and ideas.

Protagonist

Raina is the protagonist. She has romantic notions about war and love.

Antagonist

In a way, Bluntschli could be considered the antagonist since he presents a realistic picture of war. Louka is the other antagonist who makes Raina and Sergius aware of the practical side of love.

Climax

Bluntschli's arrival with the coat is the climax. At that point the play gets most complicated.

Outcome

The outcome is a happy one. Raina marries Bluntschli and Louka secures Sergius. Overall, the main characters come down to the practical realities of life.


Themes

The play has two major Themes : war and marriage. Romantic illusion about war lead to disasters, in the same way romantic notions of love and marriage lead to unhappy marriages.

A minor theme is the relationship between the upper and lower classes as represented by the Petkoffs and their servants Nicola and Louka. Shaw upheld social equality.

MOOD

Pleasant. The play was published together with the others in "Plays Pleasant".

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