Shakespeare's Portrayal of Henry V as the Model Monarch Essay

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Shakespeare's Portrayal of Henry V as the Model Monarch In this essay I intend to show that Shakespeare portrays Henry as the Classic Sovereign as he is patriotic, brave, cunning, religious, natural leader & in touch with the lower class of the country. I will use quotes and remarks in the play to show this and present it. I shall firstly do a summery of the play and give a basic image of what it contains, and then give a detailed analysis, which will give a more detailed view of particular scenes to show how Shakespeare shows Henry's character and finally I shall make a conclusion to present my evidence, to show that Henry is presented as a model monarch. The play is based around Henry V's…show more content…
They give historical and legal reasons why his claim is valid and encourage him to go to France and seize what is his. Some of the nobles in attendance support this view and, after making an allowance for the threat of a Scottish offensive, Henry decides to invade France. Ambassadors from the Dauphin deliver a rejection of his claims to territory in France as Henrys claim is through a Female, and an insulting gift of tennis balls. The letter coming from the Dauphin is an insult in itself, as it is saying Henry is not important enough to receive a message from the King of France. Henry sends a menacing reply in response to this insult, saying that the Dauphin will bear responsibility for a great deal of death and destruction. He then tells his nobles to prepare for war with France. ACT II. The Chorus describes the excitement as the army gets ready to depart from Southampton, but he warns that there are traitors in the English ranks. We witness a quarrel between Pistol and Nym over Nell Quickly, who was supposed to be engaged to Nym at some point in time, but ran off with Pistol and got married to him, both men threaten to fight and kill each other but they are both too cowardly to do anything. Also we learn that an old drinking companion of the King, Sir John Falstaff is ill. At Southampton, King Henry exposes the traitors, Lord Scroop, Grey of
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