Arms and the Man

Arms and the Man: Essay Q&A

1. What is Byronism?Byronism refers to a certain pose or attitude suggested by the poetry and life of George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824), an English Romantic poet. Both Raina and Sergius have read Byron, but Sergius especially tries to imitate the Byronic hero. Byron’s famous works include Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1818), “The Prisoner of Chillon” …

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Arms and the Man: Act 3

Summary of Act IIIThe scene opens in the Petkoff library after lunch. The library only has few books and is used primarily as a sitting room. In the middle is a table, where Bluntschli works to get the regiments home in an orderly fashion. He writes up the orders, and Sergius signs them, while Major …

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Arms and the Man: Act 2

Summary of Act IIIt is March 6, 1886 in the garden of the Petkoff house. On a spring morning the laundry is spread on the bushes to dry, and breakfast is served on an outdoor table. Louka is defiantly smoking a cigarette in view of the house, speaking to a middle-aged servant, Nicola, an intelligent …

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Arms and the Man: Act 1

Text: George Bernard Shaw, “Arms and the Man: A Pleasant Play.” Introduction by Rodelle Wientraub. Edited by Dan H. Laurence. Penguin Books, 2006. Summary of Act OneThe scene is set in Bulgaria in November of 1885, during the Serbo-Bulgarian war. In a small town near the Dragoman Pass, a young lady loiters on the balcony …

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