Henry the V: Warrior or Motivator

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D. M. McGlothlen “King Henry V: Great Warrior or Motivator” Henry V was William Shakespeare’s fourth historical play; he used the action of the first three to support Henry V. This play really showed how Shakespeare would take what the audience is up in airs about, and portrays scenes that their imaginations have never seen, only heard and read about. In 1599 when this play was first performed England was in unrest with the Irish again. In Henry V Shakespeare has develop Prince Hal/King Henry into a person ready and willing to lead a nation. However, after he becomes king there are still rumors floating around about his questionable youth. Henry V was in an awkward position; his heritage was always in question. Shakespeare shows the audience that a king can be a fox or a lion and is often both at the same time. Looking at Henry the battlefield motivator and romantic ladies man will show how leaders and even King Henry had to be a motivator, inspirational speaker, and manipulator, at all times even if it is only a farce. Other than being a motivator and sharp tongue devil, Shakespeare wanted to show how fighting foreign enemies always squelches rebellion activity at home. The argument is which King Henry are we the audience, suppose to believe? We start with act 3.1; King Henry is inspiring his troops before the siege of the city of Harfleur. The fire and fierceness of this speech goes from the start to the finish. Henry V is able to motivate his troops to the point that they did not care if they lived or died. The only thing that would be remembered is the victors. Many times he points to the families of the soldiers telling them that today and there after Henry would look on them as brothers. With a final battle cry to motivate the troops before the siege, King Henry cries, “God for Harry, England, and Saint George” (3.1 71). With such inspiration, it is not
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