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Joan of Arc as relates to Dostoevskys extraordinary man theory Proving herself to be a good deal more than ordinary Jeanne dArc the Maid of Orleans and patron saint of France united her nation at a critical hour in history and decisively turned the Hundred Years War in Frances favor forever ending Englands dreams of hegemony over France The crimes and eventual triumph of this most amazing young woman are better understood when applied to Dostoevskys extraordinary man theory Dostoevskys theory as written in Crime and Punishment claims that all of mankind is divided into two basic categories the ordinary and the extraordinary Where the ordinary masses are by nature conservative staid live in obedience and like being obedient the extraordinary few all transgress the law for the sake of an idea It is this idea or new word that calls the extraordinary man to allow his conscious tostep over certain obstacles in order to fulfill this idea Jeannes new word was that of the call of Heaven At only 13 Jeanne began hearing voices that were sometimes accompanied by visions She was convinced that these voices were those of St Michael and the early martyrs St Catherine of Alexandria and St Margaret These voices exhorted her to help the Dauphin later Charles VII king of France recapture the city of Orleans and thereby win the Hundred Years War against England Jeanne succeeded in convincing Charles and his board of theologians that she had a divine mission to save France Approving her claims she was granted a small detachment of troops to command Dressed in armor and carrying a white banner that represented God blessing the French royal emblem the fleur-de-lis she led the French to a decisive victory over the English at Orleans Having accomplished this miraculous feat she convinced Charles to risk the journey to Rheims in order to hold coronation ceremonies in the cathedral there according to the
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