This is a simple work filled with gusto and the joy of living. In it Plautus satirizes a universal character type who is by no means extinct-the boastful, lying, lecherous, cowardly soldier. He is a man so filled with his own importance that he doesn’t even realize when others are trying to make a fool of him.
The story portrays a battle between the Bulgarians and Serbs which took place in 1885. This is a delightful comedy in which Shaw pokes fun at our romantic conceptions of war and heroism.