The Crime At Compiegne Essay

817 words - 4 pages

Joan of Arc as relates to Dostoevsky's "extraordinary man theory"Proving herself to be a good deal more than ordinary, Jeanne d'Arc, the Maid of Orleans and patron saint of France, united her nation at a critical hour in history and decisively turned the Hundred Years' War in France's favor, forever ending England's dreams of hegemony over France. The crimes and eventual triumph of this most amazing young woman are better understood when applied to Dostoevsky's 'extraordinary man' theory.Dostoevsky's theory, as written in Crime and Punishment, claims that all of mankind is divided into two basic categories, the 'ordinary' and the 'extraordinary.' Where the 'ordinary' masses are 'by nature ...view middle of the document...

Jeanne again triumphed. In the eyes of the people the cowardly and lethargic Dauphin became the king of France and regained legitimacy and the loyalty of Frenchmen everywhere as a consequence of the ceremonies. Charles, still irresolute and hesitant, delayed and missed the moment for riding the psychological crest and driving the English from his land. Instead of acting, he vehemently opposed any further campaigns against the English. Therefore, it was without royal support that Jeanne conducted a military campaign against the English at Compiegne, near Paris where she was finally captured and convicted of the crime of answering to God before the king and the Roman Catholic Church. Jeanne directly disobeyed the king and was responsible for the murder of hundreds of Englishmen.Dostoevsky claims that as an 'extraordinary' woman, that this transgression was her duty, as was the shedding of the blood of 'ordinary' people. Dostoevsky goes on to say that 'most of the benefactors and founders of mankind were especially terrible blood-shedders,' and Jeanne's crime in no way diminishes her extraordinary nature. In fact, it only serves to further illustrate it. According to the theory, if Jeanne had not gone on to Compiegne and disobeyed the king, she would cease to be...

Other Essays On The Crime At Compiegne

What Are The Major Difficulties Associated With Theorising White-Collar Crimes?

1971 words - 8 pages ; which itself was seen as a bi-product of poverty (which prevailed in the 18th and 19th centuries). Marxist scholars (19th and 20th century) were of the opinion that crime was produced by an outgrowth of class conflict. White-collar crime didn't exist at this time, but the type of crimes it encompassed were theorised under the same thought as the typical crimes of those times. It was Edwin Sutherland who first put white-collar crime on the

Motivation Essay

358 words - 2 pages -people prefer to believe the offender was motivated by psychotic urges. Perhaps, by thinking this way, people are able to distance themselves from the perpetrator. Recognizing that a crime may have been motivated by common feelings like greed and anger, which all humans experience at some point, the criminal shows similarities to the rest of society.Often, lay-persons try to find a cause that is as far removed from their own motive as possible

Crime And Punishment "Is There Not Such A Thing As Crime?" Disdusses Crime And Punishment, By Feodor Dostoevsky, Beloved, By Toni Morrison, And Utopia, By Sir Thomas More

1221 words - 5 pages murder.Raskolnikov knows of this very well, for he has committed two murders, both of them ille¬gal and in cold blood. Obviously, this act is defined as criminal because of the moral andlegal implications one faces when committing it. Most, if not all people in Russia at thattime would agree that murder is defined as a crime.But Raskolnikov has other ideas about his crime. At first, he committed the mur¬der of the old moneylender only for his

A Brief Overview Of The Susan Smith Court Case

1070 words - 5 pages On the night of October 25, 1994 Susan Smith took the lives of her two sons. Susan Smith committed the most unthinkable act when she broke humanity's most sacred trust, the love of a mother for her children (Crime Library).On November 18, 1994, a hearing was held before Circuit Judge John Hayes at the request of Solicitor Thomas Pope. Pope requested that Susan undergo a psychological examination by an impartial physician to determine whether she

Police And Crime Reduction

1471 words - 6 pages hands. This may result in unnecessary injuries including death to the perpetrator, victim, and witnesses. Police personnel have extensive training in maintaining safety and order. Community members are not qualified or legally allowed to perform duties specifically designed for law enforcement officers.Problem-oriented policing is reactive in nature and occurs as a direct result of commission of a particular crime at a rate which is higher than

Does Punishment Deter Crime?

1471 words - 6 pages liable to punishment by that law; especially: a gross violation of law" (2006 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated) and finally recidivism "a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially: relapse into criminal behavior" (2006 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated). There are many different views, but at the heart of the debate lies the question "Does punishment deter crime?" The goal is to find out the most effective way to prevent

Gun Control

440 words - 2 pages don't reduce crime' written by, John R. Lott Jr, a resident scholar at the Conservative American Enterprise Institute, he states that, 'around the world from Australia to England, gun laws have been strengthened with the promise of lowering crime but instead have seen violent crime soar'. How can restricting handguns stop people from buying them illegally? If we restrict these laws, wouldn't we be increasing illegal sales of these guns? Increasing

Canadian Legal System- Restorative Justice

2228 words - 9 pages . In 1962 the crime rate in Canada was close to 2600/100,000 people and by 1997 the crime rate was reported at around 7000/100, 00 people. (www.statcan.gc.ca, 2008)Although there have been slight decreases in crime rates over the past few years they remain statistically higher than they were years ago. What is it that is wrong with society today as opposed to 45 years ago (where crime rates were less than half of what they are in 2007) in order for

LEGAL CRIME

2056 words - 9 pages elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.Evidence must be gathered lawfully otherwise the prosecution is at risk of it not being allowed to be relied upon in any subsequent hearing or trial as a judge may rule that the evidence is inadmissible. For example, police cannot, without a warrant, search premises or listen in to telephone conversations.Evidence gathered can take a number of forms, ranging from witness statements, physical

Three-Step Approach To Taking Photographs Of A Crime Scene

564 words - 3 pages of the skid mark to show the tire tread type Staggs, 1997).There is not set number of photographs that have to be taken, but you need to be sure that if this case goes to court ten months from now you will be able to show what was seen at that accident site and be able to recall as much detail as possible. Documentation is a very big part of photographing a crime scene. Notes need to be very thorough and as neat as possible. If you appear to be

Crime In America

669 words - 3 pages Crime in AmericaThe article "A Stigma that Never Fades" is about the criminal justice system in America. It discusses life before and after prison and what the prisoners have to deal with. It discusses the issues of jobs, drugs and early release. Prisons are letting men go because they don't know what else to do. On top of other problems they are also suffering cutbacks, at least in California. This is compounding the problem and making a

Similar Papers

Joan Of Arc Bio Essay

424 words - 2 pages France. At that time in Joans life England, Burgundy, and France were in a long period of conflict in the 'Hundred Year War' and France had no king at that time it only had a leader know as the Dauphin (Charles VI) and he was not king, yet because he had to be crowned at Rhiems which was held by the English.When Joan was 17 when she went to Vancoulers to explain her mission to the Dauphin and she convinced him to hand over the army to her.Joan

Is The Relationship Between Drugs And Crime A Causal One?

2322 words - 10 pages . Psychopharmacological explanations tackle the chemical properties of drugs and look for explanations of how the body and mind can react to certain drugs (Goldstein, 1985). This kind of explanation often looks at the direct causes of drug consumption. This type of analysis has often been linked with violent crime specifically. White and Gorman (2000) outlined specifically several 'potential drug-organism interactions that might cause violent

Natural Crime Versus Legal Crime Essay

1402 words - 6 pages Natural Crime versus Legal CrimeLaw, what is it and where does it come from? There are many types of law ranging from natural law, constitutional law, criminal law, civil law, common law and positive law. Obviously there are many laws in place today that could be subcategorized under any of the aforementioned types of law. Most of the laws in America originated from common law. Common law was and is part of the English legal system. Although

Crime Myths Essay

2267 words - 10 pages used by mass media to send messages at great speed. Powerful electronic based communication resources achieve this. Electronic based communication has replaced traditional methods of communication such as word of mouth and written communication. This new technology has the potential to create worldwide publicity unlike previous technology that may only reach small social groups. The ability to project crime myths to millions of people at once is