henry v paper

henry v paper - Mike Rosenbloom AUCW 180 Professor Cremins...

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Mike Rosenbloom AUCW 180 Professor Cremins 11-26-07 Henry V Paper Henry V is considered one of the most courageous and just kings of all-time. He was a model of a good, fair king. However, the virtues we might think of today as admirable were not necessarily the same ones that Henry would use to be thought of as a good king. In order to be good king, Henry would not be a good person. He was willing to kill his former friends and slaughter thousands of French people in order to satisfy the demands of his throne. To be a good king, he had to put his personal feelings aside and do what was best for England. However, Henry’s act of placing responsibly for the war on other’s shoulders makes him a less than likeable guy. During the battle scene at the beginning of Act III, Henry goes right up to the governor and basically forces him to surrender. During his long speech of what the English will do if they don’t surrender, Henry says, “Your fathers taken by the silver beards, And their most reverend heards dashed to the walls, Your naked infants spitted upon pikes, While the mad mothers with their howls confused Do break the clouds, as did the wives of Jewry At Herod’s bloody-hunting slaughtermen. What say you? Will you yield and this avoid?
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Or, guilty in defence, be thus destroyed?” (Henry V 218) This is a very powerful passage which shows Henry as the man he truly is. He is talking of the death and destruction and the murders of everyone in the town. “Naked infants spitted upon pikes” is a terrible punishment and a horrible thing to say. The real point here is Henry placing the blame of the entire war on someone other than the English. His last line is, “Or, guilty in defence, be thus destroyed?” Guilty in defence is translated into
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