Henry V By William Shakespeare

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In times of war, it is of the utmost importance to have a functional army. There is no room for arrogance or laziness because to win, the soldiers must train. Most of the time, the force with a stronger military and a decisive strategy are the victors of any skirmish. However, there have been times in history when battles were won by the inferior army. This scenario was demonstrated during the Second French Campaign. As recounted in Henry V by William Shakespeare, the English infantry was at an overall disadvantage; England was outnumbered 5:1 and had an incapacitated and unskilled army. Despite this, the English were victorious in their crusade as a result of the leadership of King Henry V. He was able to capitalize on the disadvantages of his soldiers by inspiring motivation through the use of powerful speeches, personal connections, and invaluable incentives.
To inspire the English soldiers, Henry V delivered two powerful speeches prior to battle, which prompted successful performances on the battlefield. Before the Siege of Harfleur, Henry V addressed his servicemen by saying:
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility,
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favored rage...” (3.1.1-9).
To encourage the English army to take the…
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