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In the play, the west wind is used as a symbol for the unfavorable situations which kept the French from winning the war against the English. The French were unable to act against the English because of the west wind that prevented them from getting the help they needed. When Joan appeared, the west wind changed and thus the French started fighting against the English.
The throne it is usually a symbol for regal power used in literature. In Saint Joan however, King Charles admits that even though he sits on the throne, others rule in his place. For Charles, his throne is not a visible symbol of the absolute power he is supposed to have, but of his incapacity of being a true king.
Milton uses the Archbishop to symbolize those who have a false faith. The archbishop was supposed to be the most pious man but yet he refuses to believe in Joan and in her powers. He questions how true the miracles that happen in her presence are and says that she is a fraud, nothing more than a talented woman who can influence the others.
King Charles is the type of king who got his position only because he had the right blood and nothing more. He is inadequate to be a king and those around him see this but they are unable to do anything about it. King Charles can be considered as a symbol of all those kings who ended up doing nothing good but continued to rule all their life only because they were born in the royal family.
Joan is more than just a girl: she is a model, the perfect mold and example of how faith should work in a person. She is a saint and probably she doesn’t know it. Joan is used to symbolize the pure faith and how powerful God can be, Joan proving that with God’s help, everything is possible.
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St. Joan is a play which focuses on some specific aspects of the life of Joan of Arc and her contribution to the efforts of the French to restore the rightful king to the French throne. She was a real historical figure; this play, by George...