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This foreshadows Raina's eventual abandon of her pretensions, as she is aware of their falsehood from the beginning of the play.
The Aeneid begins by announcing that it will sing of arms and the man and continues to celebrate the glorious story of Aenas. At every opportunity Shaw reflects the Aeneid and then effectively undercuts it; Bluntschli is anything but a glamorous hero. Imagery The stage directions provide visual clues for the meaning beyond the dialogue.
For example, Raina's room, the library, and the costume and jewelry choices for the characters add an extra dimension of symbolism and irony.
Paradox The term "chocolate cream soldier" carries a connotation of softness. However, the chocolate soldier is in actuality wiser than the other 9 out of 10 who are, as Bluntschli says, fools. The soldier that carries chocolate rather than munitions is one who is concerned with his safety rather than heroism.
For a professional soldier like Bluntschli, a chocolate soldier is pragmatic and wise. Raina at first misinterprets Bluntschli's desire for the sweet; she assumes he is callous and detached, unlike the proud officers of her father and betrothed.
After she is schooled in the reality of battle and love, this insult is turned into a pet name. Parallelism Captain Bluntschli challenges Raina at every turn, as he is the only one who can see through her performance. In a witty moment of parallelism, he turns her words around: Raina: Do you know, you are the first man I ever met who did not take me seriously?
Bluntschli: You mean, don't you, that I am the first man that has ever taken you quite seriously?
Bluntschli, on the other hand, sees her for the woman she is, rather than who she pretends to be. Therefore, he is the only man who takes the true Raina seriously, discounting her lie.
His thin grasp on the machinations both on the battlefield and in his own home is the basis for much of the humorous misunderstanding in the play.
He asks her to remember that "nine soldiers out of ten are born fools. When the search dies down, Raina and her mother Catherine sneak Bluntschli out of the house, disguised in one of Raina's father's old coats. The war ends, and the Bulgarians and Serbians sign a peace treaty.
Raina's father Major Paul Petkoff and Sergius both return home. Raina begins to find Sergius both foolhardy and tiresome, but she hides it. Sergius also finds Raina's romantic ideals tiresome, and flirts with Raina's insolent servant girl Louka a soubrette role , who is engaged to Nicola, the Petkoffs' manservant.
Bluntschli unexpectedly returns so that he can give back the old coat, but also so that he can see Raina.
Raina and Catherine are shocked, especially when Major Petkoff and Sergius reveal that they have met Bluntschli before and invite him to stay for lunch and to help them figure out how to send the troops home.
Left alone with Bluntschli, Raina realizes that he sees through her romantic posturing, but that he respects her as a woman, as Sergius does not. She reveals that she left a photograph of herself in the pocket of the coat, inscribed "To my chocolate-cream soldier", but Bluntschli says that he didn't find it and that it must still be in the coat pocket.
Bluntschli gets a telegram informing him of his father's death: he must now take over the family business, several luxury hotels in Switzerland. Louka tells Sergius that Raina protected Bluntschli when he burst into her room and that Raina is really in love with him. Sergius challenges Bluntschli to a duel, but Bluntschli avoids fighting and Sergius and Raina break off their engagement, with some relief on both sides.
Major Petkoff discovers the photograph in the pocket of his old coat; Raina and Bluntschli try to remove it before he finds it again, but Petkoff is determined to learn the truth and claims that the "chocolate-cream soldier" is Sergius.
After Bluntschli reveals the whole story to Major Petkoff, Sergius proposes marriage to Louka to Major Petkoff and Catherine's horror ; Nicola quietly and gallantly lets Sergius have her, and Bluntschli, recognising Nicola's dedication and ability, offers him a job as hotel manager. While Raina is now unattached, Bluntschli protests that—being 34 and believing she is 17—he is too old for her.
On learning that she is actually 23, he immediately proposes marriage and proves his wealth and position by listing his inheritance from the telegram.
Raina, realizing the hollowness of her romantic ideals, protests that she would prefer her poor "chocolate-cream soldier" to this wealthy businessman. Bluntschli says that he is still the same person, and the play ends with Raina proclaiming her love for him and Bluntschli, with Swiss precision, both clearing up the major's troop movement problems and informing everyone that he will return to be married to Raina exactly two weeks from that day.
Critical reception[ edit ] George Orwell said that Arms and the Man was written when Shaw was at the height of his powers as a dramatist.