Critical Analysis of ‘Arms and the Man’ by G.B Shaw with special reference to the language and relevance of the piece

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Name: MALOBIKA SEN
Semester: III
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“The world is not such an innocent place as we used to think, Petkoff.”
(Act III, p. 67)

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction; The Subject matter of the Play ……………………….…………………3

2. Background of ‘Arms & the Man’……………………………………………………………. 5

3. Analysis of the Style and Language of the Play……………………………………….. 6

4. Relevance of the Play……………………………...…………………………………… 7

5. Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………… 8

Introduction: The Subject matter of the Play1
The play begins in the bedroom of Raina Petkoff in a Bulgarian town in 1885, during the Serbo-Bulgarian War. As the play opens, Catherine Petkoff and her daughter, Raina, have just heard that the Bulgarians
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