Pope Joan Analysis

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Throughout history, many women have broken free of the ever-existent patriarchy to be remembered for centuries, a few such as Queen Victoria, Amelia Earhart, and Marie Curie. While others are legends in folklore, such as Joan of Ark and Mulan. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross, is the story of the life of Joan a young girl who craves knowledge and has a strong desire to learn. As she grew up she constantly had to validate her intelligence to men in authoritative positions, in order to obtain an education. Once she was able to go to school, she exceled above all the other boys in the class, but nevertheless she was continually bullied for being a girl. When Norse men invaded her town, leaving her friends kidnapped and her brother dead, she then …show more content…
Nevertheless Joan was able to find a way to cease the marriage, demonstrating that Joan did not allow the expectations of society to determine her path in life. Next, during this period of time women were never considered equals to men on any level, whether it be in education, religion, or in the household. Rarely would a woman be considered of equal or greater importance compared to a man, regardless of the accomplishments she has achieved. Living during the Middle Ages as a peasant meant working on the farm and doing chores. During that time both women and men did the same amount of work as 90% of the population lived in rural areas. However women were still being paid less for the same work, “for hay making, men would earn six pence a day while women got four pence. In a male dominated society, no woman would openly complain about this disparity” (Medieval Women). On top of that not only were women expected to …show more content…
Although most kids could not care less for learning, Joan craves knowledge and learning new things but is denied the opportunity because of she is a peasant. When the Middle Ages began, in 150’s the population began falling, then in 300’s the Roman Empire began falling, and as the conditions of Western Europe got worse so did the education. At this period of time education was hard to acquire, as it was only possible for boys born from rich families. Which in turn made it rare for peasants to have an education, as there were only two ways, one would be homeschooling, which was uncommon as most parents would be uneducated as well. The second way was to get accepted by a schola, which was also uncommon as scholas would not accept poor children unless they have proven to show signs of high intellect. Thus, “Education in the early Middle Ages was difficult to obtain, especially if the circumstances [of living] are not desirable” (Langley). Consequently the lack of available education made this difficult for poor children to receive any kind of education. As a result of the lack of education, children did not have any opportunity to become scholars if they were poor. In a similar way, due to this Joan did not have a way to receive a basic

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