George Bernard Shaw's
Arms and the Man
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Arms and the Man
Welcome to Arms and the Man. We hope that this study guide will help you further
your understanding and enjoyment of one of G.B. Shaw's most popular comedies. The
Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival has a strong belief in the relationship between the
actor and the audience because, without either one, there is no theater. We hope that
this study guide will help bring a better understanding of the plot, themes, and
characters in this play so that you can more fully enjoy the theatrical experience.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2 Complete Learning Plans
This guide was written to correspond to the following Sunshine State Standards:
Skills and Techniques - The student understands and applies arts techniques, media
Creation and Communication - The student creates and communicates a range of
subject matter, symbols, and ideas using knowledge of structures and functions of the
Cultural and Historical Connections - The student understands the arts in relation to
history and culture.
Aesthetic and Critical Analysis - The student analyzes, evaluates, and responds to
characteristics of works of art.
Writing - The student uses the writing process effectively.
Listening, Viewing, & Speaking - The student uses listening strategies effectively.
Language - The student understands the nature and power of language.
Meet the Characters
Captain Bluntschli: A professional soldier from Switzerland. He is roughly 35 years
old. He is working as an officer for the Servian military fighting for
hire against the Bulgarian army. When his line was broken and his
forces scattered by a Bulgarian cavalry charge, he took refuge in
Raina's room. He is worldly, cool-headed, and pragmatic, with a
sense of humor about his situation