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00953--Write a short note on Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw.




Write a short note on Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw.

Saint Joan, which opened in 1923, illustrates the “Life Force” at work in late medieval Europe.

Shaw imbues the heroine of this well-known story with a force of personality which represents the cosmic vitality known as the Life Force. Shaw believed that true fulfillment for the individual lay in the service of the Life Force. For Saint Joan, this is embodied in her unimpeachable allegiance not to the Church, or to the throne, or to any institution—but to God, with whom she communicates as an individual.

The trial scene is especially masterful because the debate is so strong on both sides. Shaw accepts that defiance of authority can lead to social chaos and that both the creative vitality of the individual and the inspired wisdom of society’s leaders can lead us in the right direction.


Thus Shaw was a pragmatist, a utilitarian, and also a fundamental optimist.

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