The Importance Of Being Earnest And Bernard Shaw's Arms And The Man

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Alice Lee
ENGL 2413 CRN15872
October 3, 2015
Essay 3 Rough Draft
Than Man in the Mirror
Have you ever watched a movie and thought “Wow! Those characters are so very different, but they are in two very similar situations?” That is just what the creator of the work wants you to see. They have used what is called a character foil. A character foil is a double or a mirror of characters. This allows you to see alternative versions of the story play out and help intensify the work. Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” both use character foils to highlight the conflicts and themes which help intensify the drama for the audience.
In “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Jack Worthing is a seemingly responsible
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Captain Bluntschli is professional soldier from Switzerland. He is roughly 35 years old. He is working as an officer for the Servian military fighting for hire against the Bulgarian army. When his line was broken and his forces scattered by a Bulgarian cavalry charge, he took refuge in Raina’s room. He is a very down to earth man who seems to come off as a soldier who has worked hard and has nothing but the soldier life. He is respectable in manner and is seemed to be liked very well by all. He is a practical soldier and a professional at the art of war. He sees it for what it is and not to just become a romantic hero. His character foils Sergius by how practical he is towards war and he is fully conscious of the dreadful realities of war. He does not romanticize it as Sergius does.
Sergius, is seen a self-centered egotistical romantic soldier. He is the foil to Captain Bluntschli. Unlike Bluntschli, Sergius is an aristocratic young Bulgarian man who sees war for nothing but a way of becoming the romantic hero. He is described by Raina as handsome and charming. We see Sergius as the hero of the most recent Bulgarian Calvary raid which doesn’t help his viewpoint. It causes his view to be enlarged by all the heroism appreciation he receives for his noble courageous act. Despite knowing the true reason his heroic charge was a success due to the Servian army was out of
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