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Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
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Aug 01, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Arthurian lovers
Read in August, 2007

Most Joan of Arc stories are rather one sided. They clothe Joan in a white hat and the Inquisitors in black hats. the plot turns into a rather bland "hero's journey". Shaw doesn't do that.
He looked at the story through a sympathetic lens. It was refreshing to catch myself agreeing with the "bad guys". When Joan came face to face with her judge and jury, I could feel the conflict within some of the jury members regarding Joan's status as Saint or Witch.

I feel like Shaw was using this story as a springboard for contemplating the ideals of Protestantism(the singular) vs Catholicism(the unified) and problems the come from obedience to a human system of law. Honestly, how do we know that Joan wasn't hearing demons instead of angels?
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