Saint Joan Imagery

Saint Joan Imagery

The most incompetent servant

In the beginning of the play, Robert describes his steward as being the most incompetent type of person, unable to perform what he was asked to do. This image only amplifies as the play continues and we are presented with the complete image of the steward, despised by his master.


When Joan talks about the French army and why they always lose, she creates a dismal image of an army that is disorganized and loyal only to them. We are presented with the image of coward soldiers, who only care about their own skin and who care only about profit.

Incompetent King

When King Charles appears for the first time in the play, we are described a child rather than a King. He hides behind the archbishop and fears Bluebeard and is treated as a child. Instead of portraying him as a powerful king, Charles is presented as the most incompetent king who could rule over France.

Uncomfortable clothes

The image of the incompetent king only gets more accentuated at the end of the play, when the King is coronated. Instead of feeling confident and powerful, he detests the cloths he was forced to wear in order to look like a king and we are left to know that even if Charles looks like a king, it is just a false image and he is still the child-like man presented in the beginning of the play.


Bluebeard is the type of political man that would like to sit on the throne instead of King Charles. He offers himself to pretend to be the King when Joan first came to the court and we are presented with a cunning man, the perfect image of the ambitious politician who desires more power than he has.

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