Henry V | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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henry-v-william-shakespeareInsultKing Henry V seeks to gain wealth and prove himself. An insulting delivery from the French Dauphin persuades him to take land back from France. BetrayalHenry V prepares his forces for war. However, he discovers treachery among some of his nobles and has them executed.WarBoth sides suffer in the conflict with France, but Henry V leads his men to victory against a larger French army.ConquestHenry V gains power over France and wins the hand of the French princess.1234Henry Vby the NumbersScene (Act III, Scene IV) in Henry V written wholly in French1Age at which the real Henry V died, probably of dysentery35Year Henry V led British forces to victory at the Battle of Agincourt over numerically superior French forces14151944Year film adaptation directed by and starring Laurence Olivier was releasedTennis BallsHenry Vs reaction to the gift from the Dauphin reveals that he intends to play the game of war. SymbolsMarsHenry V is likened to the Greek god of war, suggesting he fulfills both classical and Christian ideals. Sir Thomass CloakErpinghams cloak allows Henry V to go incognito among his men, showing his ability to manipulate appearances. ThemesLanguageLanguage is a barrier to unity but also creates a “kingdom for a stagewith princes as actors. Henry V uses language to pretend, persuade, inspire, woo, and intimidate. Ideal KingHenry V embodies an idealized British king: he is inspirational, just, courageous, and merciless or merciful according to the situation. ConquestIt is essential to Henry Vs character that he conquer the French and win the heart of their princess, Katherine. Sources: BBC, Biography.com, Folger Shakespeare Library, Royal Shakespeare CompanyCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.King Henry VEnglands newly crowned kingMain CharactersCaptain FluellenFunny Welshman and soldierThe DauphinInsulting son of the king of FranceDuke of ExeterSoldier and ambassadorKatherineBeautiful princess of FranceWoosConquersLeadsKing Henry V, Act III, Scene Ihe games afoot.Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’The most famous British playwright in history, Shakespeare continued his history of English kings using the legendary Battle of Agincourt to bring to life the monarch Henry V. That leader's brilliance, ruthlessness, and success against the odds loomed large in the nations popular imagination.AuthorWILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564–1616In Henry V, the fourth installment of Shakespeares second four-play series on major events in English history, the newly crowned Henry V (formerly Prince Hal) must live up to his responsibilities as England's monarch and to the expectations of his subjects. He must become a conqueror.To Be the KingOVERVIEWWilliam Shakespeare1599EnglishPlayAuthorYear WrittenOriginal LanguageHenry VHistorical

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