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Critique of Arms and the Man The play took place during the time period of the Russian revolution I believe Im not entirely sure but it was Bulgaria and Syria fighting The setting took place entirely in the house of the Petkoff house a Bulgarian majors house and family The plot was a pretty basic straightforward concept Its in the middle of the war and fighting is occurring right outside the house Catherine a daughter is about to go to sleep when a soldier bursts into her room through the balcony window He is a Swiss fighter for her enemy Syria For some reason she decides to help him and hide him away in her room He leaves safely and isnt heard of again until the war subsequently ends shortly afterward Major Petkoff comes home with Sergius Saranoff-Catherines fianc Then we find out that they do not really love each other Sergius is really in love with the maid Louka Then things get tricky as the Swiss fighter Bluntschli comes back to the house to return the jacket he escaped the house wearing Eventually everyone finds out that he was the one that hid in the house We also find out that Bluntschli and Catherine are in love It all works out nice a pretty when everyone is on the same page and the parents learn of Bluntschlis fortune I think the meaning of the play is to follow your feelings If you love someone it doesnt matter who it is how much money they have whatever you just have to follow your heart The director showed how they were so close to missing each other because they were all too concerned about how it looked and the status of one another He adequately portrayed how close and miserable they all would have been if everything had not worked out perfectly I was initially impressed with the set
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