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Saint Joan By George Bernard Shaw Dan H. Laurence Imogen Stubbs,

  • Title: Saint Joan
  • Author: George Bernard Shaw Dan H. Laurence Imogen Stubbs
  • ISBN: 9780140437911
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of Shaw s most unusual and enduringly popular plays With SAINT JOAN 1923 Shaw reached the height of his fame and Joan is one of his finest creations forceful, vital, and rebelling against the values that surround her The play distils Shaw s views on the subjects of politics, religion and creative evolution.
    Saint Joan One of Shaw s most unusual and enduringly popular plays With SAINT JOAN Shaw reached the height of his fame and Joan is one of his finest creations forceful vital and rebelling against the valu

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    1. Don t think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone France is alone God is alone And the loneliness of God is His strength Thus spoke Joan when her allies, those she had made great, abandoned her to death Such loyalty they showed her in life Without her they literally would have got nowhere Joan was a solider, and in the end they treated her like a solider they pointed her at France s enemies and when her work was done they cast her aside She was expendable to them, a mere commodity th [...]

    2. Saint Joan A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue, George Bernard Shaw Saint Joan is a play by George Bernard Shaw about 15th century French military figure Joan of Arc Premiering in 1923, three years after her canonization by the Roman Catholic Church, the play dramatises what is known of her life based on the substantial records of her trial Shaw studied the transcripts and decided that the concerned people acted in good faith according to their beliefs He wrote in his preface to the p [...]

    3. Chronology of the Life and Times of Bernard Shaw On Playing Joan , by Imogen StubbsIntroduction, by Joley WoodPreface Saint JoanPrincipal Works of Bernard Shaw

    4. George Bernard Shaw took theater patrons in 1923 back to the Fifteenth Century in his drama Saint Joan Joan of Arc declared that she heard voices from God and the saints directing her to save France in the Hundred Years War, and have the Dauphin crowned as the king of France, Charles VII The teenage Joan, dressed in men s clothes, led the soldiers in the Siege of Orleans in 1429 She was later convicted as a heretic by the Inquisition, and burned at the stake After papal investigations she was la [...]

    5. Joan Minding your own business is like minding your own body it s the shortest way to make yourself sick What is my business Helping mother at home What is thine Petting lapdogs and sucking sugar sticks I call that muck I tell thee it is God s business we are here to do not our own I have a message to thee from God and thou must listen to it, though thy heart break with the terror of it.This is my favorite play of all time because let s face it.I love everything Shaw writesd Joan is AWESOME so j [...]

    6. If you missed the last 600 years, let me tell you about the famous Jeanne d Arc Joan, as you re likely to know her, began as a young farm girl, but when she heard the voices of her Lord and myriad saints beseeching her to take action against the horde of English soldiers encroaching upon her French homeland, she showed up on the doorstep of the uncrowned King Charles VII with a divine mission King Charles was so impressed by her ambition and confidence that he gave her charge of a battalion and [...]

    7. Images of Falconetti burned into my mind as I read, perhaps music of Messiaen Fete des belles eaux This is a very orthodox tale of moral and legal convulsion Add a dash of divine nationalism and voila This Joan was rather quick witted, other representations have as a nascent martyr Her oppressors, oppressively oafish while Bluebeard muses of the Divine Rights and the souls of lumpen children entertaining something ghastly only Allah knows GB Shaw has impressed me this week, not only for the scal [...]

    8. Shaw usually gets tagged as a liberal, progressive, left wing type, but he was a very idiosyncratic one you often find things that don t fit the stereotype In particular, he thought that nationalism was a good thing, and that wars between countries were sometimes good too This led him to support strange positions In Major Barbara, he ends up arguing that what we would now call the military industrial complex is positive, because it creates the wealth needed to rescue people from poverty I think [...]

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    10. The first scene of this play is one of the most perfect, most hilarious things I ve ever read it s probably my favourite single scene of any play, or at least my favourite comedic scene The interplay between de Baudricourt and his squire Positive Now see here I am going to throw you downstairs, never stops being funny.I was hesitant to actually read through the whole play, lest it somehow disappoint me and tarnish my love for Scene I, but I did, and it didn t.

    11. An interesting and entertaining take on Joan of Arc historically very controversial especially Shaw s insistence on Cauchon s political impartiality , but that needn t worry us Historically justifiable or not, the acid exchanges we get between this Cauchon, principled upholder of canon law, and Warwick, who simply needs whatever PR cover he can get for Joan s politically imperative disposal, are one of the best things in the play.There are many other good things too notably the opening comedy at [...]

    12. A Passage to the Preface George Bernard Shaw has the unique ability to use his wits to tickle to your bones This is as much evident in the play as in the preface that accompanies it In the preface, he talks about practically everything from St John to Medieval History to Critics and Playgoers Shaw s satire leaves nothing untouched, not even Shakespeare, and he makes fun of everything that he chooses to ponder upon.Saint Joan s character is in the league of those manly women characters who rebel [...]

    13. What a goddamn brilliant play I ve gone round in my head about this a lot since I finished it three weeks ago, because parts of it don t fit together quite well to me, and parts of it are hilarious, and parts of it seem overlabored, but those speeches stick in your brain like an earworm and overall reading this left me with weeks of that sense of wonder we all chase after when we read The thing about Shaw is that he has a vision for this play, and the vision is a huge and grand one, worthy of Jo [...]

    14. 4.25 stars, to be exactIt was difficult for me to get into this one until the very end The second half of the last scene and the epilogue made this play, to me Its themes are critical of the 15th century Catholic Church and of its insistence of the priest being the intercessor and interpreter of doctrine rather than the people interpreting for themselves Joan, who respects the church and its leaders, is adamant that the voices she hears are voices of God, despite what the church figures say A ke [...]

    15. I first heard St Joan performed on Chicago s WFMT as a radio play as a little boy This is to say that my parents listened to it and allowed me to stay up for the whole thing The production included the voices she claimed to hear I had had auditions myself in feverish states and the portrayal was fascinatingly reminiscent The whole while a spider was building her web on the lamp at my right hand, a web finished and already catching moths by the time of the play s conclusion.I next read the play, [...]

    16. Joan of Arc was a strong woman, a feminist and acted on the voice of God that she heard When she spoke, the clergy and the military listened She led her country to victory before getting captured and dying after the trial As is the case with Shaw, his dialogues are brilliant and offers socio political commentary on the time period.

    17. The most inevitable dramatic conception, then, of the nineteenth century is that of a perfectly naive hero upsetting religion, law and order in all directions, and establishing in their palce the unfettered action of Humanity GBS writing in The Perfect Wagnerite In Saint Joan Shaw attempted, and perhaps achieved, a masterpiece based on this conception The play is a perfect example of the hero as victim transformed into savior In the first scene the Robert de Baudricourt ridicules Joan, but his [...]

    18. A question for everyone How could anyone NOT like Saint Joan That it is beautifully well written goes without saying I mean, it s Bernard Shaw , guys How can you find faults with him He s the modern day combination of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, though he probably would have taken a turn in his grave right now just because I called him that But what s beautiful about this play is, not only is it well written but also, it is one of those rare tragedies which move you to tears and then make you l [...]

    19. I am re reading the lengthy introduction It is a good antidote after my cradle of filth concert I would promote St Joan as a lesbian icon Anything to get some greens onto the kid s plates these days Reconciling Christianity in an honest way whilst embracing relativistic psychology is a great challenge.Shaw is very fair in showing that the harsh justice of the medieval Church was no harsher than today s society in seeking to protect itself from challenges to the status quo he points out the summa [...]

    20. 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 springboar [...]

    21. I m fascinated by Joan of Arc, so reading this play was a no brainer for me SAINT JOAN doesn t attempt to be biographical rather, it spends a lot of time dealing with the ways in which church leaders and politicians were scandalized by Joan and her accomplishments Shaw s writing is brilliant as I ve come to expect from him , and the play aptly demonstrates how people would much rather venerate a dead saint than listen to a live one.

    22. A Hero and a Legend 6 September 2012 After reading Henry VI part one I thought that I might return to Shaw s play about Joan of Arc, and in a way I am very glad that I did because when I wrote the review on this play previously I felt that I left out quite a few things, and in many ways, missed the point that Shaw was trying to make I will try not to repeat any of the things that I have said previously about the play because they are still correct, with the exception of the final paragraph becau [...]

    23. The degree of tolerance attainable at any moment depends on the strain under which society is maintaining its cohesion As it is, they illustrate the too little considered truth that the fashion in which we think changes like the fashion of our clothes, and that it is difficult, if not impossible, for most people to think otherwise than in the fashion of their own period.

    24. While listening to the discussion, it occurred to me about three quarters of the way through our monthly book club meeting that Saint Joan really doesn t seem to be about Joan of Arc at all As Shaw states in his lengthy preface A villain in a play can never be anything than a diabolus ex machina, possibly a exciting expedient than a deus ex machina, but both equally mechanical, and therefore interesting only as a mechanism It is, I repeat, what normally innocent people do that concerns us and [...]

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