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Henry V | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Henry V | Act 3, Prologue | Summary



The chorus explains that the French ambassador had returned to Henry V with an offer of the Princess Katherine and some small dukedoms, but the offer was refused. The chorus asks the audience to imagine Henry's voyage to France with his "brave fleet" and the firing of the English cannons.


The chorus asks the audience members to use their imagination to enhance their experience of the play, collaborating with the actors to tell the story. For example, the chorus invites the audience to envision in vivid detail the departure of the fleet of ships carrying Henry V and his men to France. It is also interesting that the first mention of King Charles's daughter Katherine is her value as a bargaining chip in negotiations between the kings.

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