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Bernard Shaw was a dramatic critic He is said to be one pf the worlds most famous playwrights Even though there were many who opposed his progressive views he was adamant in his desire to reform society Shaw was a feminist and had great respect and consideration for women St Joan is the first play where a woman has been shown as a full fledged strong willed character Shaws art of characterization is depicted through clear descriptions the manner in which the characters speak and the way they speak to each other Shaws plays are referred to as a drama of ideas as they do not involve action The play St Joan was written by Shaw in 1923 two years after Joans canonization but is set in the medieval age namely 1429 There are several medieval elements in the play This is seen when the steward says there is a spell on us we are bewitched as an explanation for why there are no eggs The fist scene of the play is set during the hundred years war between England and France A young country girl has come to see the squire of the castle of Vaucouleurs Robert de Baudricourt She insists that he should send her to the Dauphin as it is her mission to raise the siege of Orleans and to crown the Dauphin In this scene Shaw gives a very clear and pictorial description of Baudricourt He is portrayed as someone who is apparently strong willed and emphatic By his domineering nature he attempts to hide his lack of will power He is a bully and is extremely condescending towards his steward He is inconsiderate and is continuously threatening to dismiss the steward He calls him incompetent and the worst steward in France The period in which the play is set shows the feudal system at its worst and is predominant in the first scene of the play Feudalism
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