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Saint Joan

Saint Joan


by George Bernard Shaw

Saint Joan Women and Femininity Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Scene.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #7

JOAN: "I will do a lady's work in the house – spin or weave – against any woman in Rouen." (6.26)

The real Joan is recorded as having made this boast of homemaking skills as well. We wonder if she took pride in being able to handle "women's" and "men's" work.

Quote #8

JOAN: "There are plenty of other women to do [women's work]; but there is nobody to do my work." (6.129-6.130)

Is this the most offensive thing to these men – that a woman could do what they could not?

Quote #9

JOAN: "If I were to dress as a woman they would think of me as a woman; and then what would become of me? If I dress as a soldier they think of me as a soldier."

Joan is implying that if she dressed like a woman there'd be the danger of rape.

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