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Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
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Jan 14, 12

Read in January, 2012

Arms and the Man is a play in three acts. It is comparable to Shakespeare's comedies, Comedy of Errors, Twelveth Night, and Mid-Summer Night' Dream, in that society's rules for courting have the characters confused until a voice of reason (The Man--Bluntschli, a hired soldier from neutral Switzerland) returns. He adeptly uncovers their lies and reveals where each character's true heart lies. Because of its brevity and the modern lanugage (compared to the Bard), this script is much easier read then the aforementioned plays. Like Pygmalion, Shaw sets the tone for modern romantic comedy on stage and screen.
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