Saint Joan by G.B. Shaw: Analyzing Key Questions

George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan is considered as a powerful and effective historical play. The central character of the play is a great figure and is memorable in the history of France. Saint Joan has become a legendary figure. Joan remains a symbol of courage and hope to the oppressed and the exploited unfortunate people. In the selection of different events of the play show her followed history. It is the historical environment in the play and is maintained a wonderful fidelity to the age. Read More Drama Shaw has beautifully and truthfully recaptured the medieval world. Shaw’s approach to history in Saint Joan is both modern and popular. As a historical play Saint Joan is certainly a triumph of dramatic genius. Despite all this, Saint Joan is not history proper; it is rather a tragedy based on history. Shaw has not followed history in details. He has made judicious selection of events and episodes appropriate to the basic needs of drama. Actually he has condensed and combined different historical events in artistic manner to suit the purpose of drama. After all, Shaw is a dramatist not a historian.

  Saint Joan is the principal character of Shaw ’s celebrated play Saint Joan .Her character has been drawn realistically and romantically. Shaw's Saint Joan is not an abstraction. The element of faith is the character of Joan. She is a devoted daughter of god. Her profound faith leads her to hear some inspiring voices and sees some strange visions. She fells a sort of divine intuition within herself. She is convinced that god has appointed her to deliver France from England . Joan’s faith grows out of her simplicity. Her faith is not only determined by her miraculous feats, but hers is the determination manifested in her by commanding personality. She owes her commanding personality to indomitable courage. Read More Drama She is not afraid of any human power. She is endowed with plain and clear common sense. Over and above all, Joan enjoys a good deal of masculine vigour and resolution. She is a dramatic creation of Shaw drawn most artistically with the realities of a woman of action ,with terrifying ability in a frankness, personal modesty, and benevolence owing to her personality she is miraculous  and at once unbearable for the authority of whom she is victimized .

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 George Bernard Shaw called Joan as one of the first apostles of nationalism. Shaw not only glorified the character of Joan but also revealed the emerging spirits of nationalism and Protestantism. It is through Joan that the playwright declares the end of the corrupt and foul feudal system and pseudo-moralistic catholic church. It is man's conviction that the devil enters the body of one who tries to encroach upon the land and language of others. Read More Drama Joan's slogan 'England for English and France for the French' raised a in the political circles. Warwick felt that her call might give rise to nationalistic feelings resulting in the end of the feudal system. Therefore she had been vehemently opposed. Both the law and church were against her because in her they see a potent danger to their substance, power and position .

  George Bernard Shaw has introduced Joan in his play as "a country girl” of seventeen or eighteen. She was an exceptionally and ordinarily able woman. She was a farmer’s daughter, with no social advantage of education. She could not read and write. In the beginning she is shown respectably dressed in red with an uncommon. Read More Drama Later on, when she arrives at the court of the dauphin, she is seen dressed like a soldier, with her bobbed hair hanging thickly round her. She is always bold and brave, courageous and commanding. Who so ever comes into her contact is impressed by her charismatic and dynamic personality and consequently becomes her follower. The feudal and papal forces stoned against her because they feel that in the event of her glorification they would be reduced to insignificance .

 Joan is the chief character of George Bernard Shaw’s celebrated play Saint Joan .While still in her teens she had visions and hard voices telling her to liberate her country from the British. This was her mission in life. She was believed to have the power of performing miracles. Joan declared that she received direct messages from God. Read More Drama Confident of herself and devoted to her mission she would not accept any mediator between God and herself. She accept only the authority of God. She would listen the dictates of her conscience. She believed in the kingdom of God and authority of him only.

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