and The Man
find yourself laughing out loud at a 115-year-old play that
feels like a piece of contemporary humor" (Rick Pender).
and the man by the Nobel Laureate George Bernard Shaw is one
of the most thought provoking plays. It is a play with an
impressive moral lesson about Love and War. Shaw affirmed that
for the sake of ‘Art for art’s sake’ he won’t write a
single line. But to criticize Sjhaw
as a propagandist would be an error of perspective.
am sure if we follow the advice of Bluntschli,
the mouthpiece of Shaw in the play, we would stop glorifying
the war. Bluntschli
is a ‘chocolate cream soldier’. Whenever he goes to the
battlefield, he prefers to use chocolate instead of
cartridges. Shaw is indirectly suggesting that food is more importan
Ward is quite right that Arms and the Man makes us laugh, and
makes us think. The play satirizes our romantic attitude
toward love and war. This is fully substantiated by the
following famous lines by Bluntschli where he criticizes the
romantic attitude toward war:
my dear madam, is the coward's art of attacking mercilessly
when you are strong, and keeping out of harm's way when you
are weak. That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get
your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight
him on equal terms."
is condemning the war through Bluntschli.
Food and preservation of life is more important than romantic
glorification of war. Shaw criticizes Sergius
who in the battlefield behaves like Don Quixote. Bluntschli
aptly says:"I've no ammunition. What use are cartridges
in battle? I always carry chocolate instead; and I finished
the last cake of that yesterday."
the contrary, Sergius is stupid in his romantic attitude
I hadn't even a revolver cartridge--nothing but chocolate.
We'd no bayonets--nothing. Of course, they just cut us to
bits. And there was Don Quixote flourishing like a drum major,
thinking he'd done the cleverest thing ever known, whereas he
ought to be courtmartialled
for it. Of all the fools ever let loose on a field of battle,
that man must be the very maddest. He and his regiment simply
committed suicide--only the pistol missed fire, that's
play is highly enriched by Shavian wit and humor. Shaw himself
said about his play: “one joke after another…a
Santosh Kumar, Editor, Cyberwit.net