Henry V | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Henry V | Act 5, Prologue | Summary

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The chorus apologizes to the audience for the fact that some of the events that occur in the story are too "huge" to show on a stage, then lists these events: Upon Henry's return from France, crowds of people greet him, yet he appears humble and, "free from vainness and self-glorious pride," and praises God for the English's success. The Holy Roman Emperor, ruler of Germany and Italy, demands peace between France and England, so Henry V goes back to France.

Analysis

As usual the chorus reminds the audience that the play is simply a play, not real events, and that the audience must use their imagination to fill in gaps, using the chorus's description. The chorus also serves to remind the audience of Henry V's noble, kingly characteristics, focusing on the king's Christian piety and humility in contrast to the pride and exuberance of the people.

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