The Trial of Joan of Arc - A Look at how Accurately the Movie and Book Portray her Story

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The Trial of Joan of Arc is considered by some to be one of the most life changing trials ever conducted in human history. Joan of Arc is a symbol of human history. Joan resembles the Middle Ages in multiple ways. One of which is the religious fervor that was present during those years. Another is the upsetting trials of the innocents that would end in someone being killed. The visions of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret are the voices that told Joan of Arc to push the English out of France. I feel that Joan of Arc should be remembered as someone with a lot of courage that stood up for herself. I believe that people need to read such an inspiring story as The Trial of Joan of Arc.

I believe that both the book, The Trial of Joan of Arc and movie, The Passion of Joan of Arc are effective portrayals of Joan’s trials. I feel that all of the information I knew about Joan of Arc beforehand was all accurate. I also believe that since the book and movie were similar that it could also be effective reflective of Joan’s trial. I would say that the book is more of an effective portrayal probably because it gave a more in depth look at Joan’s trial. I think that one of the common themes in both, the book and movie is the information about what has happened with Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret and even sometimes Saint Gabriel. I think something to back this up is when she (who?) saw with her bodily eyes Saint Michael, who would
comfort her, and sometimes Saint Gabriel, and they appeared in body. Sometimes she (who?) also saw a great host of angels: and then Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret appeared to her in the body. I think that by having a common theme that is constantly talked about in the book could be a big
reason why the portrayals of the trials were effective. I also feel that the book would be more effective than the movie because the movie was kind of hard to follow at some points. I think that this is due to the fact that the movie was made in French, even though there was a translation at the bottom of the screen. I just feel as being an auditory learner that it would have been easier to understand the movie had the entire thing been in English. I believe that if you were to compare the book and movie to other books and movie that it could be proven that they were effective. As a whole I think it’s easy to conclude that the book and movie were a very effective portrayal of Joan’s trials.

I feel that the story does incorporate a history of Joan of Arc that has come to encompass historical legend and mythmaking. I don’t know at how someone could hear such a tragic story and not feel bad for what happened to Joan. I just don’t understand how you could not feel her pain while watching the movie or reading the book. I believe that hearing what happened to Joan and being burned alive was enough for me to say that she will always be one of my heroes. I still can’t even imagine how people could do something to someone like Joan. It just makes me want to pray and hope that in today’s society it won’t happen. Hobbins states that one component of Joan’s legend that is central to her identity and yet extremely difficult for modern readers to approach is her claims to revelation. I feel that the more you learn about Joan that it can be easier to view her as a historical legend for what she went through.

I believe that the movie, The Passion of Joan of Arc was historically accurate. I think that since all of the major points in the movie were all talked about in the book. One scene that I think in particular was accurate was when Joan was burned at the stake. Hobbins said she was handed over to the judgment of secular authority, which determined that her body should be consumed by fire. I think that Dreyer did a really good job showing how brutal of scene it was. I also think that Dreyer did a good job of showing how Joan would try not to say anything when she was asked a question. These are some of the reasons why Joan is called the heart of France.

In conclusion I think it’s easy to see why the movie, The Passion of Joan of Arc is an effective portrayal of Joan’s trial, and incorporates a history of Joan of Arc that has come to make Joan a historical legend and is historically accurate. I believe that the movie was effective reflective of Joan’s trial. I believe it’s easy to see why Joan is a legend. I also feel that the movie was historically accurate. I think that all of the major points appeared in both the movie and the book and this is why I believe that the movie went really well the book (not sure what you are trying to say here) and showed what a prominent figure Joan was and always will be.