Q1 Essay 'Henry VIII' - The world is full of go-getters and promotes them Since humans lived in trees and foraged the people who reached out and took

Q1 Essay 'Henry VIII' - The world is full of go-getters and...

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The world is full of go-getters and promotes them. Since humans lived in trees and foraged, the people who reached out and took what they wanted got the best out of the world. In Henry VIII , Shakespeare used his skills of human cognition to dissect the feeling of trying and failing all people have gone through. Cardinal Wolsey, the king’s advisor, has been cast off from the position and engages the audience alone. When the spokesmen say “farewell”, (Line 1) Wolsey realizes he’s saying “a long farewell to [his] greatness!” (Line 2) The way he agonizes over that experience is conveyed by repeating the word “farewell” twice. His “greatness” leaves him like springtime, “tender waves of hope” victim to “a killing frost.” (Line 6) The fleeting glory he had has gone away; it was sweet while it lasted, as Shakespeare shows through the warm imagery of line 5. Wolsey martyrs himself as a victim of human nature.
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