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How Is Henry V Presented In The Play?

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Henry V is a wise and loyal king, changing from a wild youth to a mature king. He is described to be an intelligent, thoughtful and an efficient statesman. He thinks carefully whether to invade France or not which represents his responsible character. King Henry gives a very strong speech which gave courage and confidence to his army that they could win the battle. This character describes him to be a king of great ability to fight and having good administrative skills. Throughout the play Henry’s nature is religious, merciful and compassionate.

Henry V renewed his family’s claim to the French throne after hundred years of war. Shakespeare is telling the audience in England that they are people of bravery.

In act one, scene one the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Ely consults with each other. The archbishop of Canterbury is the second richest person. Bishop of Ely is an assistant to the Archbishop; he supports the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ideas and joins in the discussions. The Archbishop and Bishop discuss a bill which is still pending. The bill would have taken most of the lands and wealth. “Would drink the cup and all”. This explains how much wealth the bill would have taken. The bill would have made the Archbishop of Canterbury lose what he had and the church would have caused los for the church. The archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop Ely were also discussing King Henry V’s behaviour when he was a youth and what he has become now as a mature King. In the quote the archbishop describes his behaviour changing,
“Never was such a sudden scholar made;
Never came reformation in a flood,
With such a heady currance, scouring faults.”
This shows how Henry V’s behaviour changed to a wise and mature king. Since his father had passed away he had become a loyal king. The archbishop of Canterbury was also convincing the king to conquer the French lands to get rid of the church bill that was pending.

Act one, scene two takes place in the “presence chamber” of the palace. The archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Ely convince Henry to go to war for his rightful claim to the French throne. One of the strongest reasons for him to claim the French throne was that Henry’s great-great-grand mother named Isabella was French. She was supposed to become the queen of France but because of the “Salic” law she could not be crowned. The “Salic” law meant that ladies were not allowed to become rulers of the country. The archbishop of Canterbury encourages the king in the quote “When a man dies, let the inheritance descend unto the daughter”. This quote explains the archbishop is urging the king from the bible that he has a right to become the king because of Isabella. The archbishop of Canterbury was forcing the king because invading France meant that the archbishop was going to become more powerful in wealth. King Henry V agreed with the archbishop and thought that invading France was a great idea. King Henry calls the French...

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