A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Joan of Arc was born in 1412 in the village of Domrémy in France. She grew up with her parents and siblings in the outskirts of Lorraine. When she was around thirteen years old, she began to hear the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret. These voices told her that she must take France back from the English and Burgundians. She was told by St.
Michael that she must take Orléans, crown the Dauphin as king, and march to Paris to take France back from the English. Joan of Arc left her family when she was about sixteen, she left her parents to pursue the voices’ will, was made a commander of the French troops, and, over time, she became a war hero. She was able to gain the Dauphin’s approval to take Orléans and had him crowned, but was not able to completely free the French.
At eighteen years of age, Joan of Arc was captured during a battle and put on trial for over seventy crimes. The crimes were lowered to just twelve at the end of her trial. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake when she was only nineteen.
In 1455, a second trial was held and a year later, Joan of Arc’s name was cleared of all past charges and she was declared a saint in 1920. Joan of Arc’s humility, faithfulness, bravery both on and off of the battlefield, determination, and overall goodness shows that she was a true hero.
To begin, Joan of Arc’s humble personality was uncovered in all aspects of her life. When Joan of Arc first heard her voices, she had obeyed to honor God and not to have fame herself. She knew that her power and strength on the battlefield was God’s doing and gave all credit to Him. Early in her time as a warrior, she named herself “Joan the Maid”, saying that she was “[dedicated to] serving her voices, her God, her country, and her king”. NEED MORE HUMILITY STUFf Secondly, Joan of Arc’s faith and trust in God helped her throughout her life. As a child, Joan of Arc was extremely faithful to God. Joan of Arc went to mass often and would consistently pray to the saints. Unlike most small children in Domrémy, she never believed in fairies or sorcery. When she was sixteen years old, she left her family at her voices’ command and began her mission, even if she had no military experience (Thurston).
From the beginning of her time as a commander, Joan of Arc believed that God was with her and that He would help her save France. Because of her faith in her God, Joan of Arc never doubted she would be able to lead her men to victory in battle. When she was choosing weapons for battle, she decided on St. Catherine’s sword, a symbol of God’s approval. Joan of Arc led her soldiers into battle knowing that God would protect them in recovering Orléans. After this battle, once the English had surrendered Orléans, Joan of Arc did not pursue the retreating Englishmen because she knew that God did not want more fighting than necessary. In other battles, Joan of Arc refused to fight on Ascension Day and on Sundays because they were sacred. In the battle of Les Tourelles, an extremely difficult battle on the French, Joan of Arc was shot with an arrow and left the battle to pray. When she returned, she encouraged her troops and led them to victory. In between these battles, Joan of Arc attended mass regularly, even in enemy territory. When she was eighteen, Joan of Arc was told by her voices that she would be captured in battle.
She knew that even the risk of being captured was worth fulfilling God’s will. The next time she went into battle, Joan of Arc was captured by the English and taken into prison. She was turned over to the Church to be tried as a heretic. Joan of Arc was asked about her submission to the Catholic Church, where she thought her voices came from, and what her voices had been telling her. Joan of Arc refused to fully submit herself to the Church because “God must be served first”. She had also said that she would not tell the churchmen what the voices had said because it was against God’s will. Joan of Arc repeatedly insisted that her voices were from the saints and that she would only tell the people what the voices said if God had commanded her to. On the day of her execution, Joan of Arc prayed to her God and to her saints. When she stepped up to the stake, she asked to be given a crucifix and to be able to look at a cross (Thurston). CONCLUSION