How is Joan's heroism shown in Saint Joan?

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In Shaw's play, Joan of Arc is presented as a much more ambiguous character than she's often portrayed as. Shaw said that there are no villains in the play and that he believed that Joan's accusers, the men who sent her to be burned at the stake, genuinely did what they thought was best.

That said, it would have been impossible for Shaw to have changed too many details concerning Joan's personality without damaging the overall credibility of the play. Above all, that meant showing Joan in a suitably heroic light in keeping with her historical reputation. It meant that her extraordinary courage could not...

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