Arms and the Man

who is bluntschlli

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Bluntschli, a Swiss mercenary who clambers through Raina's bedroom widow as he flees Bulgarian troops, best represents the qualities promoted by the play: realism and pragmatism. Bluntschli is unconcerned with romantic ideas about heroism or conduct in war; he is concerned with professional conduct, efficiency and survival. Yet Bluntschli has a romantic heart and returns to see Raina, whom he has become taken with. During his visit he learns of his father's death, resulting in his inheritance of a large sum of money. Eventually Bluntschli overcomes Raina's posturing and asks for her hand in marriage, using his newly inherited wealth to win Major Petkoff's approval.