in trouble. Raina's father is prevented from finding the incriminating photo, but he knew of it all along. Raina's father reveals the deception,and it becomes clear which couples love each other. Bluntschli tellseveryone that he is a rich man, so it becomes possible for Raina to marryhim, and Saranoff to marry the maid. On this ridiculous note the playends happily.While it is not always easy to discern Shaw's meaning from the play, thisis definitely an anti-war play. The long-held notions of military gloryand honor are all shown to be silly and counter-productive, and pacifismand a certain cynical self-interest are held to be more sensible. Thecomedy is sometimes scathing, but the overall play is light-hearted.
Arms and the Man
has become a classic.
Bluntschli is a realist who believes in adapting to a situation in order to survive. A professionalsoldier, he knows that he is only a tool and he has no illusions about war and the practical actionsone must take to win battles and stay alive. His most famous feature is that he keeps chocolatesin his cartridge belt rather than bullets. His common sense appeals to Sergius, who is in awe of Bluntschli’s ability to figure out troop movements. This influence helps Sergius make thedecision to be honest about Louka and to change his life.
Major Petkoff and Catherine in Arms and the Man
Comment on the roles of Major Petkoff and Catherine in Armsand theMan.Major Petkoff and Catherine are typical secondary characters,with