In Henry V, How Does Shakespeare Create Different Impressions of Henry?

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Shakespeare has written three different ‘types of genre’ in his plays. One of these is his Tragedies like ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Another genre he writes within is Comedy, an example of which is ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
The last genre Shakespeare uses is History; an example of this is ‘Henry V’ where he bases this play on actual historic events. The play is set around the year 1420 and King Henry is faced with the difficult decision, whether to attack France or not. There are a lot of incidents in this play where Shakespeare exaggerates the qualities/attributes of King Henry; he changes the way we think of King Henry. The attributes of King Henry are exaggerated to such an extent we believe that he must have been ‘the perfect
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‘There remain and fortify it strongly ‘gainst the French. Use mercy to them all’
This is one of the facts that were distorted by Shakespeare, in reality it was quite the opposite. According to the facts, King Henry forced all the people out of their homes and cruelly ransacked the town.
In Act 5 Scene 2 Shakespeare shows Henry as charming when he manages to win over Katherine; the princess of France. ‘Upon that I kiss your hand, and I call you my queen.’
This implies that Henry is charming, as he was able to win over the princess of France and have her hand in marriage.
There are two scenes which Shakespeare shows Henry as ‘an excellent speaker’. First of which is in Act 3 Scene 1, where Henry and his army are attacking Harfleur.
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