Saint Joan Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

Saint Joan Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

Talking with God

A recurrent motif that appears in every scene is the link Joan has with divinity through the voices she hears and her belief that they are from God. There is a pattern regarding how this idea is received by the other: at first, they refuse to believe her, thinking that everything is a result of her imagination but after a short time, they acknowledge that she may be who she says she is and then the other characters trust her completely.


Another motif is pride. Almost every character in the book who holds some degree of authority has an excessive pride and it seems that despite her holiness, Joan is the character who exhibits this sin the most.


The majority of the characters in the book believe in Joan only after some type of miracle happens. In Robert’s case, he starts trusting Joan after the hens starts laying eggs again and Dunois believe in her only after the wind changes in their favor.


What becomes obvious quite early is that Joan can easily influence those around her. Weather this is a gift from God or her own charm, Joan can easily control those around her.

West wind

The idea of bad omens is what stops the French from attacking and the west wind is one of them. Since the first scene, it becomes clear that the French will start their attack only when the wind will be in their favor.

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