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King Henry V And Katherine Essay

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In Shakespeare’s “The Life Of King Henry V,” the setting of England in its early fifteenth century, with a famous heroic English King, claiming his “rights” to the French throne, which causes complications and the declaration of war between both England’s and France’s soil. This political war, then turn into a route of complicated dealings, after the fact that King Henry had successfully defeated France’s forces, and one of them was the marriage between King Henry and the daughter of the King of France, Katherine. An analysis of the both King Henry’s and Katherine’s relationship reveals that both had conflicting perspectives on one another, which results of their marriage as a political ...view middle of the document...

In his mind, he sees his family, his bloodline, to rule in eternity a unified kingdom of England and France.
It seems that King Charles, King of France, had the same idea. He hoped that his daughter would marry a powerful leader, on which gives him a powerful ally. Due to his father’s wishes, Katherine is already educated mature and graceful woman that would do what her father wants her to do. This is seen when she suspects that her father would need her help, she has Alice, her maid, help her learn English. In act 3, scene 4, it is seen how Katherine is determined on learning the language, with the help of her maid, Alice. Although, it is seen that she is not learning the language due to her pleasure, since using the language as a tool to help her father, she expresses her opinion on the English language: “Oh, Lord, those are vulgar words – wicked, ugly, immodest, not fitting for respectable girls to speak.” (3.4.50-54). It is mentioned again when Katherine and King Henry were alone (along with Alice), and when King Henry asks whether Katherine likes him. When she responded that she doesn’t know what “like” him is, King Henry explained a metaphor of her being an angel. This brings in Katherine’s doubts on King Henry’s honesty because she finds the English language deceiving.
However, King Henry sees her doubts and troubles of loving the enemy of France, he tries to persuade her to marry him by seeking for her consent. When Katherine asks the...

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