“What details in Acts One and Two reveal that Raina is not really in love with Sergius?”

George Bernard Shaw shows the audience that Raina is not really in love with Sergius thought what she says In the opening scene Raina has a conversation with her mother, Catherine. Raina is doubts that Sergius is the hero. She is not sure that he can even be a hero. If he is not her own hero how can he be a war hero?
When the Man comes into her room and talks badly of her fiancé, as if he was the “blackguards of his army”(p.107)—describing him as the most disgusting and horrible part of the army. Raina does not tell him staright away to watch his words because he is her fiancé, she doesn’t protect him, or protect what others think of him. This clearly shows that she does not really care about what others think of him. Moreover, she does not feel the need to tell him that it is her fiancé he it talking about because maybe she liked the idea that there could be another mysterious man in her life, similar with all the romantic books she reads.  She also allowed the man to flirt with her, and might of even flirted back. In act two Sergius comes back from the war as the “hero”, and it takes a couple of minutes until Raina is shown. And when she does show up, “he drops chivalrously on one knee and kisses it.”(p.126). They are imagining that they both in the middle of a romantic scene in a novel. They think that the way in which the characters act in a novel is the same in real life. I believe that if they were truly in love they would run to each others arms as soon as they heard that they are home and not wait and talk small talk with others, as Sergius did. Like in real life, one cannot be in love with two people. They cannot be attracted to both the fire and the water, light and dark—it must be one or the other. When Petkoff talks about how it was in the war, he mentioned one Swiss he came across, and Raina asks straight away “what was he like?” (p.127). at this point of the play, she might have not realized that she likes him, the Swiss soldier. She should not have asked how he was like if she didn’t want to know. When Raina and Sergius are left alone, they act again, not realizing that the other person is also acting. Sergius says how Raina has “inspired” him (p. 129). Rania’s response to this was: “And you have never been absent from my thoughts for a moment . . . “(p.129). Raina is clearly lying, because when the Swiss soldier was in her room she had no hurry to tell him that she was taken, and that the man he spoke evil of was the same man she was going to get married with. As far as we know, she might have forgotten about Sergius in that conversation.

What details in Acts One and Two reveal that Raina is not really in love with Sergius?

     George Bernard Shaw tells the reader that Raina is not in love with Sergiuous through the words she say. One of the details Shaw gives us is: “… and you kept Sergius waiting a year before you would be betrothed to him. Oh, if you have a drop of Bulgarian blood in your veins, you will worship him when he comes back.” (Page 103) This is mentioned in a conversation between Raina and her mother Catherine. The detail is that we are told that Raina has kept Sergius waiting a year before deciding that she wants to marry him. Shaw also gives the detail that Raina’s mother is the one who combines marriage and nationalism. This is to make Raina finally get the idea that she is marrying Sergius. Shaw tends to mix nationalism and romance, since these are the two main things Raina is passionate about. Therefore, Catherine has to tell Raina that if she wants to be nationalistic, she has to marry Sergius even if she does not love him. Another detail that Shaw gives the reader is: “… I am so happy—so proud! [She rises and walks about excitedly.] It proves that all our ideas were real after all.” (Page 103) This is from Raina’s response to Catherine’s speech. This sentence is ironic, since it has two meanings. One is that Sergius is a hero and the other is that Sergius is an idiot, since he led a cavalry charge against machine-guns. Therefore, Shaw leads us with another detail. “Raina. Our ideas of what Sergius would do—our patriotism—our heroic ideals. Oh, what faithless little creature’s girls are! — I sometimes used to doubt whether they were anything but dreams. When I buckled on Sirgius’s sword he looked so noble: it was treason to think of disillusion or humiliation or failure. And yet—and yet…” (Page 103). This indicates that Raina does not have any passionate feeling towards Sergius. Shaw indicates that, the only feeling she draws to Sergious is nationalism and patriotism. Later on, Raina tells us that they only shared these ideas, since they read Byron and Pushkin. This indicates that Sergius and Raina think they are in a novel, when both of them are alone together. Or else they would not have to share these ideas together. Later in act one, Shaw sends an unknown man into Raina’s room. During the meeting Riana only points out Sergious is her fiancé, when this man was insulting him. Another detail Shaw gives the reader in act two is, that Raina asks: “what was he like?” (Page 127) She is asking about the man, who came into her room in act one. The question Raina asks is significant; since no one would ask this about someone, they knew very little about. Which is also another detail Shaw gives the reader about her not loving Sergious.

What details in Acts One and Two reveal that Raina is not really in love with Sergius?

     Raina’s behaviors reveal that she is not really in love with Sergius in Acts One and Two.  One example is her dramatic entrance when she meets Sergius when he comes home from Act Two. Raina chooses her moment to come out when Sergius asks about her, “How is Raina; and where is Raina?” Immediately after Sergius asks that, Raina “suddenly coming round the corner of the house and standing at the top of steps in the path.” This implies that she has been hiding and listening for the right moment to come out, which reveals that she pays more attention to her entrance than actually greeting Sergius as a person. This proves that she does not love him, because if two people are in love, they cannot wait to spend time together instead of planning their entrance. Raina’s behavior of dramatic acting around Sergius furthermore confirms that she does not love him. Raina acts as if she is very keen to see Sergius when she is around him, for example, during their conversation, Raina  “places her hands on his shoulder as she looks up at him with admiration and worship”.  We know that this is all an act as later on, as soon as Sergius left, Raina shows “a perceptible relaxation of manner”. The fact that she loosens up after Sergius left reveals that her real character is not when Sergius is around. This implies that all her behaviors in front of Sergius is fake, and she is not really in love with him.

What details in Acts One and Two reveal that Raina is not really in love with Sergius?

     Raina’s lacking love for Sergius, the man of whom she is engaged to, becomes increasingly obvious to the audience within the first two acts of the play. This is seen when the combination of actions displayed by the characters, such as Raina’s eagerness to help Bluntschili at the beginning play,  indicating a developing affection between the two characters and Bluntschili’s mockery of Sergius’s humours gestures during the cavalry charge,  comparing him to Don Quixote. Shaw uses Bluntschili’s opinions of Sergius along with the obvious unrealistic fantasies Raina expresses, to form an image of Sergius for the audience. With this idea of Sergius implanted in the mind of the audience, it is difficult for the audience to believe that Raina would end up marrying a character with such personality traits. Sergius’s seductive actions towards Louka in act two confirm the audience’s suspicions. During this scene, Louka reveals to Sergius her suspicions about Raina, claiming that she has had an affair. “You making love to me behind Miss Raina’s back, and she doing the same behind yours.”(131) Louka then states that if the gentlemen were to ever return, Raina would undoubtedly marry him. “If that gentlemen ever comes here again, Miss Raina will marry him.”(132) Shaw uses Louka and Sergius’s conversation to foreshadow the future events that will unfold within the play, such as the deterioration of Raina and Sergius’s relationship and her formation of a new one with Bluntschili. Shaw does this by telling the audience about the events that will take place very obviously through the words and conversation of the characters, and thus does so in a more comical manner.

What details in Acts One and Two reveal that Raina is not really in love with Sergius?

     In Act one and Two Shaw uses the stage direction to reveal the true feelings of Raina towards Sergius. Raina looks down at Sergius and doesn’t believe in him, she said “It proves that our ideals were real after all.” (Page 103). This was a conversation between Raina and her mother early on in the play, it shows how Raina does not believe nor trust or think of Segius, hence Raina isn’t in love with him. However, after the incident where he acted a cavalry charge, Raina started believing that all the heroic ideals were true. This reveals that Raina was not in love with Sergius before his calvary charge, since she didn’t even believe in him. Moreover, Raina is a romantic so she believes in heroic ideals such as being noble, brave, patriotic and so when the ideas of Sergius became true she starts believing in him. Raina’s reaction suggest that this is a type of admire and not in love. Shaw uses stage directions to indicate that Raina is not really in love with Sergius. When Raina showed the man the portrait of Sergius he laughed at it and Raina did not seem angry at all. [She deliberately kisses it, and looks straight in the face, before returning to the chest of the drawers to replace it.] (Page 113) Shaw makes Raina seem like she is acting that she is mad but she actually is not. ‘deliberately’ means on purpose or intentionally, so this was just all an act. Also, if one insulted ones fiancee they should have been more angry or even ask them to leave. However, Raina doesn’t she just acts as if she was hurt and angry since the man insulted her fiancee. Hence, Raina is not really in love with Sergius, she is just in love with the ideals that Sergius puts on.

What details in Acts One and Two reveal that Raina is not really in love with Sergius?

Bernard Shaw gives specific details that Raina is not in love with Sergius. These details are spread out in act one and two. One of the details Shaw gives us is: “… and you kept Sergius waiting a year before you would be betrothed to him. Oh, if you have a drop of Bulgarian blood in your veins, you will worship him when he comes back.” (Page 103) This is mentioned in a conversation between Raina and her mother Catherine. The detail is that we are told that Raina has kept Sergius waiting a year before deciding that she wants to marry him. Shaw also gives the detail that Raina’s mother is the one who combines marriage and nationalism. This is to make Raina finally get the idea that she is marrying Sergius.

Shaw tends to mix nationalism and romance, since these are the two main things Raina is passionate about. Therefore, Catherine has to tell Raina that if she wants to be nationalistic, she has to marry Sergius even if she does not love him.

Another detail that Shaw gives the reader is: “… I am so happy—so proud! [She rises and walks about excitedly.] It proves that all our ideas were real after all.” (Page 103) This is from Raina’s response to Catherine’s speech. This sentence is ironic, since it has two meanings. One is that Sergius is a hero and the other is that Sergius is an idiot, since he led a cavalry charge against machineguns. Therefore, Shaw leads us with another detail.

            “Raina. Our ideas of what Sergius would do—our patriotism—our heroic ideals. Oh, what faithless little creature’s girls are! — I sometimes used to doubt whether they were anything but dreams. When I buckled on Sirgius’s sword he looked so noble: it was treason to think of disillusion or humiliation or failure. And yet—and yet…” (Page 103). This indicates that Raina does not have any passionate feeling towards Sergius. Shaw indicates that, the only feeling she draws to Sergious is nationalism and patriotism.”

Later on, Raina tells us that they only shared these ideas, since they read Byron and Pushkin. This indicates that Sergius and Raina think they are in a novel, when both of them are alone together. Or else they would not have to share these ideas together.

Later in act one, Shaw sends an unknown man into Raina’s room. During the meeting Riana only points out Sergious is her fiancé, when this man was insulting him.

In act two, Sergious comes back from the war. Raina waits to appear until they speak about her. This action indicates she seems little or not interested in Sergious after all, since no one would leave someone they have not seen in a long time wait. Another detail Shaw gives the reader in act two is, that Raina asks: “what was he like?” (Page 127) She is asking about the man, who came into her room in act one. The question Raina asks is significant; since no one would ask this about someone, they knew very little about. Which is also another detail Shaw gives the reader about her not loving Sergious.

Arms and the Man, George Bernard Shaw – the details revealed to the audience, indicating Raina is not really in love with Sergius

Arms and the Man, George Bernard Shaw is a comedy, the plays opening scene is in “late November in the year 1885” (p.101) which is also the time of act one. Act two is in “the sixth of March, 1886” (p.119).
In both of these acts many details are revealed to the audiences, indicating that Raina is not really in love with Sergius. For example:

In the opening scene Raina has a conversation with her mother, Catherine. Raina is doubts that Sergius is the hero. She is not sure that he can even be a hero. If he is not her own hero how can he be a war hero?
When the Man comes into her room and talks badly of her fiancé, as if he was the “blackguards of his army”(p.107)—describing him as the most disgusting and horrible part of the army. Raina does not tell him staright away to watch his words because he is her fiancé, she doesn’t protect him, or protect what others think of him. This clearly shows that she does not really care about what others think of him. Moreover, she does not feel the need to tell him that it is her fiancé he it talking about because maybe she liked the idea that there could be another mysterious man in her life, similar with all the romantic books she reads.  She also allowed the man to flirt with her, and might of even flirted back.
In act two Sergius comes back from the war as the “hero”, and it takes a couple of minutes until Raina is shown. And when she does show up, “he drops chivalrously on one knee and kisses it.”(p.126). They are imagining that they both in the middle of a romantic scene in a novel. They think that the way in which the characters act in a novel is the same in real life. I believe that if they were truly in love they would run to each others arms as soon as they heard that they are home and not wait and talk small talk with others, as Sergius did.

Like in real life, one cannot be in love with two people. They cannot be attracted to both the fire and the water, light and dark—it must be one or the other. When Petkoff talks about how it was in the war, he mentioned one Swiss he came across, and Raina asks straight away “what was he like?” (p.127). at this point of the play, she might have not realized that she likes him, the Swiss soldier. She should not have asked how he was like if she didn’t want to know.

When Raina and Sergius are left alone, they act again, not realizing that the other person is also acting. Sergius says how Raina has “inspired” him (p. 129). Rania’s response to this was: “And you have never been absent from my thoughts for a moment . . . “(p.129). Raina is clearly lying, because when the Swiss soldier was in her room she had no hurry to tell him that she was taken, and that the man he spoke evil of was the same man she was going to get married with. As far as we know, she might have forgotten about Sergius in that conversation.