Hoes Does Shakespeare Portray Henry V? Essays

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What Type Of Leader Does Shakespeare Show Henry V To Be?
Select Three Scenes/Experts To Support Your Views.
The qualities I believe a leader should possess are the ability to keep control but be firm and forceful against the people causing trouble for them and their country. Good manners are also important as with anyone, regardless of whether a leader or not. They should also believe in equality and be able to make decisions that will benefit their country, and not be over serious and maintain a good sense of humour.
In Henry V, Shakespeare paints Henry to be a charismatic leader whom motivates his troops into battle.
Section 8.
In this section, Henry is preparing to go to battle. He is making the famous St. Crispian’s day speech.
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He is saying that he doesn’t care who eats at his expense, and he doesn’t care if people borrow his clothes, because he doesn’t care about such concrete things.

‘But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.’
Here he is going onto say that if it is therefore a sin to be selfish about honour, then he is the one who offends the most. This shows that Henry is interested in honour and not how many men are on his side. Henry carries on making his famous St Crispian’s day speech in which he is motivating his soldiers to fight. Using lines like:
‘That he which hath no stomach to this fight, Let him depart; his passport shall be made,’
Shakespeare is showing that Henry is determined to have only the best and only the soldiers that are determined and have courage in his army. Basically, those who have no courage and those who are
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