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Beyond Gender Division: The Militarization of Feminism in George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan

Ienas Talib Naseef

Volume: 13 Issue: 4 2023


Generally, feminist studies show significant associations between patriarchy, militarization, and gender inequality. Historically, males control and marginalization of women from positions of power are remarkable. The inequality between women and men in any field and women's integration in the military, in particular, have always brought tensions to the surface, especially in a male-dominated society. The current study tackles George Shaw's Saint Joan (1923), which illustrates a new heroine of different levels and circumstances to embody the Great Man's Theory of Leadership. The play refers to the military ethics of women and how this military superiority of women can cause hatred towards them. The play investigates the problematic analysis of the military and masculine New Woman by determining Shaw's representation of a woman who was burned for attempting to "be more like a man". This new woman is primarily concerned with achieving her freedom and asserting her individuality, rebellion, and leadership. Therefore, this paper aims to analyze the characteristic masculine traits of a self-sufficient heroine in English drama. Finally, the outcome of the notion of the New Woman is highlighted and considered a call to bring attention to social and gender abuses.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.37648/ijrssh.v13i04.002

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