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MonkeyNotes-Henry VI, Part 1 by William Shakespeare

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Act I, Scene VI

Summary

The victorious French enter the city, led by Joan. She tells the
soldiers to brandish the French colors to announce their
victory. Charles, the Dauphin, is extravagant in his thanks to
Joan for the victory. Reignier and Alencon declare that it is
indeed a reason for celebration. Charles declares that all the
credit goes to Joan, promises to glorify her in all of France and
announces a celebration to mark the dayís success.

Notes

The French have captured Orleans and this scene mirrors their
excessive joy at the victory. Joan has done what she set out to
do and proved herself to the Frenchmen. Charles is extravagant
in his is praise of her and makes far-fetched promises of eternal
fame. His happiness at the victory is undoubtedly true but his
verbose praise doesnít mean much for he is given to express
himself lavishly when in throes of a strong emotion. But he
does do her full justice when he ascribes the victory solely to
her in response to Alenconís remark that France will be joyous
to learn of what they have all achieved.

The English make Joan out to be a witch and ascribe French
success to the forces of evil. The French themselves, on the
other hand, see them as aided by God. This is clear in
Reignierís remark, "the joy that God hath given us." For them
Joan is no witch but a "glorious prophetess" who has brought
about this golden day of victory.

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