• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To what extent do Sergius and 'The Man' conform to Raina's notion of a 'romantic hero'?

Extracts from this document...


To what extent do Sergius and 'The Man' conform to Raina's notion of a 'romantic hero'? Throughout the first pages of this anti-romantic play, Bernard Shaw, through the character of Raina, describes the characteristics some women of that time thought the 'perfect man' should have. This 'perfect man' is best translated into the idea of a romantic hero. In this case, it's Raina who has a fixed idea of how her husband should be. She wants a man with gallant behaviour and with her 'heroic ideals. This is the case of Sergius, to whom Raina is engaged with. However, it is ironic how another character in the play is the total opposite of Sergius. For example, 'the man' is a mercenary while Sergius is a soldier. In the start of the play, Bernard Shaw describes to us the appearance of Sergius, which goes hand in hand with Raina's notion of a 'romantic hero'. He is described as 'extremely handsome' with his clean officer uniform and with a 'magnetic glance', which is felt from the photograph. ...read more.


On the other hand, 'The Man' is portrayed as somebody with an 'energetic manner', 'good humour', childish because he always carries 'chocolates' instead of 'ammunition' which is totally the opposite of what Sergius or a 'hero' would do. Furthermore, he is a coward because he doesn't 'intend to get killed' if he can help it and also that he is scared of climbing down the water pipe because the 'very thought of it' made him 'giddy'. 'The Man' although he seems to be a coward, he sounds more like a real soldier due to his appearance. Unlike Sergius that sounds more as an 'imaginary character', rather than a real one. Moreover, the way both characters talk and act will help us to evaluate if they conform Raina's notion of a 'romantic hero'. Although at the start, Sergius hasn't yet been included in the dialogue, we can predict what type of vocabulary he will use and what will be his actions, as well as his reactions. However, it's not necessary to mention all of these, because they will be the opposite of 'The Man's' actions; for example, Sergius would prefer ...read more.


This shows that Sergius is a serious character rather than a funny character like 'The Man' who mocks the actions of the 'romantic hero' making him look as 'the very maddest'. On the other hand, 'The Man' is not brave at all, he even looks and acts like a child, for example he doesn't want Raina to 'scold' him. He tries to make Raina feel pity for him, which is a contrast with a hero because heroes don't intend to make women feel sorry for them. 'The Man' tries to show his emotions by crying; 'would you like to see me cry?', to which Raina reacts 'alarmed' because for her men or soldiers, can't cry. In conclusion, Sergius conforms Raina's notion of a 'romantic hero' to the extent that he has all the characteristics that make a 'romantic hero' according to Raina. These characteristics have a vast range, which goes from bravery to the way he talks and reacts. 'The Man' unlike Sergius, lacks all the characteristics of a 'romantic hero', he even is the opposite of a 'romantic hero' who is neither strong nor brave and who doesn't respect Raina due to the irony and sarcasm of his words. Yamile Jasaui 02-05-04 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Mary Shelly section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Mary Shelly essays

  1. Compare and contrast Shakespeare and Defoe's presentations of the characters of Robinson Crusoe and ...

    Defoe immediately places Crusoe in a position of power over Friday due to the life debt owed by Friday to his new master, similar to Xury's, Caliban's, and Ariel's situations. When naming the slave, Crusoe chooses the name 'Friday' as a constant reminder of, "the day I sav'd his life".

  2. In the writing of Edgar Allan Poe, we see investigations into abnormal psychological states ...

    in TTH speaks of his "feelings of triumph" and have never feeling "the extent of his powers - of my sagacity" as he watches the prostrate figure of the old man, who would "not even to dream of my secret deeds or thoughts."

  1. 'It is possible to defend the idea that Satan is the true hero of ...

    Despite the irony, the first prong of his attack on Eve is a cunning masterpiece: as a prelapsarian serpent, he gives a flattering list of compliments comparing Eve to Heaven and God, implying that she should be admired ('adored and served by angels numberless').

  2. Sympathy for the betrayers and the betrayed. Cresseid and Madame Bovary are dissimilar ...

    It is also a very implicit moment in which she 'began to laugh, a ghastly, frenzied, despairing laugh' after hearing the voice of the blind beggar. At this point, she realises the meaning of the beggar's words - love is unseeing (thus rendering the beggar as an representation of Cupid.

  1. Sherriff wrote Journey(TM)s End to show the destruction of war. To what extent do ...

    so regularly that he's got a reputation for it be seen as more disturbing to the reader. This one quote implies quite a lot in terms of the destruction that war has caused. Another way in which Sherriff shows the trauma that war has caused on the soldiers is through the attitude that Hibbert has in Act 2 Scene 2.

  2. The Romantic Hero in Goethe's Faust

    Faust's statement, "In the beginning was the deed," is a perfect example of his adherence to the idea that action is the only worthy means of living (line 1264). Like Napoleon, the greatest real-life Romantic hero of Goethe's day, Faust is desperate to advance his earthly position.

  1. Write a character study of Celie, Albert, and Shug.

    He listens to people, and is able to give his opinion, without forcing people to accept it. He becomes much nicer to Celie and both of them become close friends. They share sweet conversation and laugh at their past. He even proposes to Celie another marriage promising her a better married life.

  2. To what extent is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall fundamentally concerned with exploring the ...

    'And do I regret the step I have taken? No' the rhetorical question involves the reader to create a more personal feeling to the text. This is then followed by a definite answer 'No', she then contradicts herself by compiling a list of things she would do differently given the opportunity.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work