AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume3, Number1. February 2019                         Pp. 246- 256

George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man: A Stylistic Analysis

English Department and Cultural Studies
Hashemite University, Jordan

English Department and Cultural Studies
Hashemite University, Jordan


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The plays of George Bernard Shaw offer criticism of modern societies and especially the glorification of war as in Arms and the Man. The present study investigates the usefulness of the application of Michael Halliday’s (2014) concept of “register” to Shaw’s Arms and the Man and uses a stylistic reading of the play to show how the term could yield important findings in the underlying meaning of the play. The research intends to identify the major components: field, tenor and mode in the play. The study shows that the concept of “register” can be applied to literary texts to explore the hidden meanings of the text and especially in Arms and the Man which deals with the glorification of war by statesmen.  The present study highlights the role of the concept of register in shedding light on literary texts especially modern plays. It offers a new reading of the play because the linguistic aspects are a reflection of the depth of the underlying meanings of the literary text. The study recommends that the concept of register should be used by literary critics as a means of literary analysis.

Cite as:

Al-Khalili, R. K., & Jameel, J. (2019). George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man: A Stylistic Analysis. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 3 (1) 246- 256


Dr. Raja Khalili Al-Khalili is an Associate Professor of English and American Literature at
Hashemite University. She is the author of The Dialectic of Theatrical Space and Domestic
Space in British and American Drama. She has also published a number of articles on English
and American literature. ORCID Id https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0424-6895

Juman Jameel has an MA in English Literature from Hashemite University. She recently
defended her thesis entitled “Afrikaner’s Dilemma: Culture and Race in Alan Paton’s Too Late the
Phalarope and Cry the Beloved Country: A Postcolonial Reading.”
ORCID Id https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2825-913X