Who is the hero of ‘Arms and the Man’
Who is the hero of ‘Arms and the Man’

Who is the hero of ‘Arms and the Man’

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Raina and Bluntschli are both the heroes of ‘Arms and the Man’ due that the play starts and develops around them.

However, a definition of a ‘hero’ must first be identified and in this case a ‘hero’ is “someone who inspires through manners and actions; an individual who leads through personal example and accomplishments requiring bravery, skill, determination, and other admirable qualities” as well as “the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem”.Therefore, by looking at this definition, Raina and Bluntschli can be quickly identified as heroes because both have those “admirable qualities” such as bravery, skill, determination, intelligence and responsibility. One the most important qualities of the play is bravery. Both Raina and Bluntschli risk their lives for each other.

Raina, at the start of the play shows her bravery by saving Bluntschli from the Bulgarian army and allows him to stay in her room even when she knew that if she was found she would be in trouble with the government and she would lose her reputation because it was seen immoral by society for a woman to have a man in her bedroom. However, Raina is very courageous and intelligent, therefore, when she first sees Bluntschli, she reacts very calmly and doesn’t get hysterical or shouts even when a revolver is pointed at her.She knows that this way, she won’t cause trouble and even so, she is very confident and challenges him by looking “him straight in the face” as well as “with cutting emphasis”. Moreover, she shows that she can control the situ

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ation by “cutting him short”. This way she lets Bluntschli know that he’s not dealing with a foolish girl.

Moreover, Raina risks her life and reputation by denying to the officer that there was “a fugitive hiding on the balcony”. She acts very cautiously and thinks very hard about her moves in order to show the most confidence to the officer.Furthermore, Raina distracts the officer from the curtains and from any suspicions by throwing “the shutters wide open” and standing “with her back to the curtain where the man is hidden, pointing to the moonlit balcony. ” She even “stands her ground” when the window is broken by the shot, showing that Raina is capable of controlling her emotions, staying calm and she emphasizes her bravery to Bluntschli by saying that although she is “only a woman” she is “at heart as brave as him”.

Bluntschli on the other hand, shows bravery in love rather than in war itself.During the first act, Bernard Shaw presents Bluntschli almost as a coward because he doesn’t “intend to get killed” and all those days fighting have made him “as nervous as a mouse” and he even asks Raina is she “would like to see him cry” so that she can “scold” him just like a “little boy” and Raina his “nurse”.However, Shaw does not give a so coward impression of him because Bluntschli is able to fight “like a demon” and he even says that is caught will fight and promises “a fight–a devil of a fight!. However the overall impression the audience ha

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of him is mostly of a coward, as he doesn’t even try to climb down the waterpipe because even the thought of it makes him “giddy”.

Therefore, although both characters are very brave, Raina is shown more courageous than Bluntschli during the first act. On the other hand, during the second act, Bluntschli is presented as very brave because he “came sneaking back” just “to have another look at the young lady” when he could have “sent the coat back”.This shows that Bluntschli is willing to risk his life in order to see Raina one more time although this involves getting into trouble with the family and even the authorities. In addition, both characters are very intelligent and have various skills. For example Raina is able to lie to her parents as well as Sergius by playing the role of the victim by having the “noble attitude” and the “thrilling voice” which allows her to obtain her aims which is what heroes do.

They reach their aims either to help others or themselves. Raina’s skill is widely used throughout the play and she even makes a point that she has “always gone on like that”. Therefore, Raina have acquired certain skills, which show intelligence and ability to get what she wants. Another example is that “she always appears at the right moment”, therefore she has the skill to make a heroic and at the same time, dramatic entrance.This shows confidence and security as well as an emphasis that she is not a fool. Moreover, she is intelligent enough to understand what Sergius does to Louka and she doesn’t ignore the feelings she has, although she plays them well until the right moment when she has to make Sergius face that she saw him “making love to Louka”, therefore, she knows how to act cautiously in certain situations, making the most of it.

Bluntschli on the other hand, is intelligent in a different way.He knows how to get the best out of a situation with the use of humour. This can be appreciated when Sergius challenges him and Bluntschli calmly makes a fool out of Sergius due to the fact that Sergius is “a cavalry man” while he is “in the artillery” and has “a choice of weapons” therefore he’ll take “the machine gun”. Therefore, Bluntschli achieves his objective of making Sergius look as a fool because while he go with his “machine gun” Sergius will go with his “sabre”.

Furthermore, Bluntschli reacts in a humorous but intelligent way when is challenged with the question on an “establishment” where he outnumbers Sergius in the number of possessions he has. This is a very intelligent move because he has realized that Raina’s parents are very interested in the possessions he has rather than anything else, therefore, by naming his “two hundred horses”, “seventy” carriages, “three hundred servants”, “six palatial establishments” and “a private house” conquers Major Petkoff and especially Catherine, who allow him to marry Raina.In addition, Bluntschli is very determined because although Raina gave “no” as a first answer due that she didn’t want to be sold “to the highest bidder”, Bluntschli insists

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