The world is full of go-getters and promotes them. Since humans lived in trees andforaged, the people who reached out and took what they wanted got the best out of the world.InHenry VIII, Shakespeare used his skills of human cognition to dissect the feeling of trying andfailing all people have gone through. Cardinal Wolsey, the king’s advisor, has been cast off fromthe position and engages the audience alone.When the spokesmen say “farewell”, (Line 1) Wolsey realizes he’s saying “a long farewellto [his] greatness!” (Line 2) The way he agonizes over that experience is conveyed by repeatingthe 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 itlasted, as Shakespeare shows through the warm imagery of line 5. Wolsey martyrs himself as avictim of human nature.