In Henry V, Shakespeare Presents the Audience with the Reality of War and Conflict. Explore This Presentation with Reference to Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est, and Other Poems for the Collection. Essay

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In Henry V, Shakespeare presents the audience with the reality of war and conflict. Explore this presentation with reference to Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est, and other poems for the collection. The presentation of conflict in Henry V highlights the multi-dimensional aspect of the theme as Shakespeare explores its effect on the individual and society men as a whole. This conflict is illuminated in the poetry of war across the centuries. There are many aspects of conflict in both Henry V and Dulce et Decorum Est. One aspect which is alike in both the play and poem is the Horrors of war. Henry understands the horrors of war and conflict and understands the events which occur during vagina the battles such rape and the killing the young as he say’s in the Harfleur speech ‘mowing like grass your fresh fair virgins, and your flow’ring infants’ . Henry emphasises the point of rape as he repeats the point later on in the speech by saying ‘Defile the locks of your shrill-shrieking daughters and does the same again with the death of infants and the young as he repeats the point by saying ‘Your naked infants spitted upon pikes’. Glory/Honour Henry V Henry was a very great leader and led his men very well. To help his men overcome the terrifying prospect of war he would exaggerate the honour and Glory in fighting this (as appeared) losing battle. He used motivating speeches such as the speech at Agincourt where the stakes were up against the men and were highly outnumbered and Henry emphasise the mark of Honour they will be able to carry round them for ever such as “The fewer men, the greater men share of honour”, which shows as they are outnumbered the honour is greater when they defeat their opposition. In Henry V, Henry speaks of the men’s names being remembered through time and never forgotten and spoken in households, “Then shall our names, familiar in his mouth as

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