Thesis Part 2 - CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION 1.1 The Background...

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CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION 1.1. The Background of the Study Literature is an imagination based on ideas of individual interests and expressions suited to the literary arts of imaginary works (Wellek and Warren, 1963:20). It serves for pleasure, broadening knowledge, spiritual edification, or just to spend a disproportionate amount of free time. It also enriches life and gives readers a kind of perspective that they would not have. There are three majors form of literature: poetry, prose and drama. While prose encompasses short stories, novelettes and novels (Diyanni, 2001:7). Novel is a piece of fiction written in prose of a certain lengths and is built in sentences and paragraphs. It is the authors individual vision depicting life adopted from their imaginations and experiences (Little, 1981:68) involving complexities of events in a story plot sequences. It encompasses an extensive range of genres: historical, for instance, a novel that has as its settings a specific period of history and attempts to convey the spirits manners, significances and social conditions of a past age with realistic details and fidelity to historical facts. It provides information about histories and insights of what impact influences the readers’ ideas (Peck and Coyle, 1986:102). 1
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Joan of Arc: The Warrior Maid is a novel that provides the gallant story of Joan of Arc as the most attractive and phenomenal historical personage during the Hundred Years War. The writer found the novel seems to spotlight heroism and patriotism as seen through the whole chronological plot sequences and the main character’s personas. The writer intended to look into these aspects, and accordingly conducted a literary research: “ An Analysis on Heroism and Patriotism Revealed by the Main Character in the Novel ‘Joan of Arc: The Warrior Maid’ by Lucy Foster Madison.” 1.2. The Reasons for Choosing the Topic Joan of Arc lived during the Hundred Years’ War. It was series of warfares and battles between England and France over a succession to the French throne, considered one of the most significant episodes in the Middle Ages. It caused the latter region became deplorable and fell into disintegrations. Ancient prophecy of Merlin foretold that “ By a woman shall France be lost, and by a maid from Lorraine borderlands shall it be redeemed, ” It was believed that Joan was the destined one who would restore and lift up the fallen kingdom. Joan, the 17-year-old peasant girl, with no military training, rallied the demoralized troops, led them in battles, and crowned the Dauphin as the rightful King of France. She reversed the courses of Great War and shoved past history into a new path. She stood, fought and finally gave her life for her beloved country. Her achievements leave anyone 2
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who knows her story shaking his head in amazement. She had all the respects of what comes from our subconscious when the words hero and patriot uttered. Based on these reasons, the writer wanted to find out further about Joan’s heroism and patriotism in a research study.
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  • Spring '16
  • Mr.Lambang
  • Literature, Writer, dauphin

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