Henry V


In , Shakespeare uses Henry to show that a leader must
put duty and fairness above friendship. King Henry has been known as a wild
misfit, and someone who has no regard for the world around him, as it is shown
in Henry IV, Part I, and Henry IV, Part II. He is an irresponsible drunk and the people of England question his ability to control and reign the throne when hisfather dies.
He has a poor selection of friends, they all a drunks, thieves,dishonest

and cowardly. Henry's father, Henry IV, suggests that Hotspur, the son of his

enemy and rival to the throne, would be a better candidate for the throne than

Henry. Henry is appalled at this thought and now is out to kill ...

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As his father nears death, Henry assures him that he can handle the responsibility of being the next king. His father tells him two very important pieces of advise if Henry is to become a good and just king. He must listen to trusted advisors, and he must unite the English lords through a foreign war. Shakespeare uses that to foreshadow what Henry must do to become a good king, in Henry V.

At the time when Henry becomes king, Shakespeare gives hints that the

people are questing Henry's ability and responsibility to become a king. In Henry IV, Part II, Henry shows his advisors that he can be a good king and mend his drunken ways. When he is crowned king of England, Falstaff, his closest friend comes to him expecting King Henry to pardon him and welcome him. However, Shakespeare adds an element of suprise when Falsteff is welcomed by cruel and warning speech by the new king, warning Falstaff to stay away from him, and to mend his ways. Shakespeare has Henry be so ...

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along with his former friends, Pistol, Corporal Nym, Lieutenant Bardolph all feel that when the king spoke bad of Falsaff, it killed him as Henry was his closet companion at the time. Nym replies with: ''The king hath run bad rumors on the knight. That's the even of it" ( 51, act 1, scene 2, ll 118-119). When Henry told Falsaff off, he might not of considered what would happen to Falsaff himself when he is dealing with the rejection. Shakespeare uses this attitude that Henry was forced to choose between his kingdom or his long time friends. He obviously choose the kingdom and it consequently killed a man. Even though his friends feel for the loss of Falstaff, their true side and ...

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