THETR 266:

Arms and the Man:

Homework Questions



Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in a couple of typed pages. Use one inch margins and double-space with 12 point font. Spell-check and proof-read your work. (Remember that titles of full-length plays are italicized.)

Papers may be printed on both sides. If more than one page is used, put your name on all sheets and staple the papers together in the upper left corner.

Include a typical MLA header with the title of the assignment, the name of the class, your name, and the date at the upper left of the page.

Read the question carefully and be sure to answer all parts of a question completely.


1)     Why has Shaw subtitled this work “an anti-romantic comedy”? (Think of "romantic" in the sense of "Romanticism" as well as romantic love.) How does this relate to a major theme in the play? Discuss this in visual or performative terms. (How do characters look or act in support of this?)

2)     How are Shaw's personal views of socialism and pacifism expressed in the play? What characters help to define these ideas and how?

3)      Who was Lord Byron, who references him, and why is this important to one of the themes in the play?