Volume 16, Number 13
December 22, 2009

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A Moment of Disarmament: Staging Bernard Shaw's “Arms and the Man” on New Year's Eve

shawBernard Shaw's Arms and the Man, a 19th century comedy, will be performed by Faculty of Humanities and Letters, Department of English Language and Literature Department and Department of American Culture and Literature third year students this month. The play runs on Friday, December 25 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, December 26 at 3 p.m. in the C-Block Auditorium in the FEASS Building.

Shaw wrote this play when he was 38 years old as an attack on the romantic ideas of war. He ironically handled themes of marriage and battle, forcing the audience to face the striking differences between fantasy and reality. He tears down idealistic notions about war like glory and honor, ridicules the idea of forced love after a marriage. Shaw's main concern is to warn people about the consequences of senseless decisions in pre-World War I years, while drawing attention societal inequities and loveless marital unions.

Arms and the Man is well-known for its unexpected turns of events, mistaken identities, surprising opinions on war and love, irony, wit and satire. With its wide range of topics like the folly of conflict, the evils of capitalism and the importance of empathy and love, the play still attracts the attention of modern theatergoers everywhere. All those who are interested in watching a comedy by the nineteenth century British playwright Bernard Shaw are welcome to experience a moment of disarmament on the eve of New Year and greet 2010 with joy and reconciliation.  

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