“The gentlest gamester is the soonest winner” (Branagh, 1989). These are perhaps some of the best words of advice presented in the film Henry V. As Prince Harry, now Henry V takes the position as the King of England, many felt that he was unprepared and lacked a strong enough reputation to hold the title effectively. We learn fairly early in the movie that the naysayers were wrong in their assumptions. Henry V quickly showed his values, convictions and stayed true to his vision for his country. In the first act, Henry shows that he has a conscience by trying to determine if the cost of war is worthy in comparison to his goal of taking the throne of France. He has a strong commitment to the church and Archbishop. He asked the Archbishop to make a public statement supporting his decision to go to war. Henry is trying to earn respect and overshadow the immature and youthful reputation that preceded him. When the Dauphin sends a message that is intended to insult Henry, he had his first opportunity to show maturity. Henry calmly yet sternly replied to the insult and his followers start to take him seriously in his quest. Henry first proves to be a fair and creative leader when he learned of the treason committed by his friends Scroop,, Cambridge and Grey. He begins his conversation with them by asking their opinion of mercy. He tells them that an offender of a minor crime could be released if Henry chooses to show mercy on him. The three men tell him there is no mercy for offenders, no matter the size of the offense. Henry then confronts them of their crimes and they beg for mercy. He was able to spout their own words back at them and ordered their execution. We see that he was almost allowing them to determine their own fate, and was fair in his sentence. He was able to remove his personal feelings of friendship from the equation and look at the big picture. He feared that the security of the nation was at risk and he did what was best for his country. Henry meets with the governor of Harfleur and is stern in his suggestion that the governor should surrender. Henry tells him that if he chooses not to surrender, he will turn his men loose on the city and they will show no mercy. They will rape women, murder elders and infants and take over Harfleur. The governor surrenders and tells Henry that the Dauphin is still not considering the Englishmen as a threat. When Henry sends his men into Harfleur he tells them to be kind to the French. This is an indicator that he has a leadership style that takes compassion and humanity into consideration. He is transforming into an authentic leader at this point and we can see that he is genuine in his pursuit. Bardolf was one of Henry’s childhood friends and was arrested for stealing a “pax” from the church. Pistol asks Fluellen to speak up on Bardolf’s behalf and ask for mercy. Fluellen realizes that discipline is important and he refuses the request saying that order must be maintained. When Bardolf is brought before Henry, we see Henry as a leader. Henry sentences Bardolf to be hanged and once again has separated his personal friendship from the crime committed. Henry chose his leadership responsibility and his dedication to his quest over the longtime friendship with Bardolf. Henry’s interaction with Montjoy shows his honesty and determination to his vision. He advises Montjoy that his men are weak and sick. He tells Montjoy that in the shape they are in they will not seek a battle, but in that same shape they will not back down from one either. He is gaining self-confidence and it is becoming apparent that he will succeed. The Dauphin is portrayed as arrogant and unconcerned with the impending war with Henry. He is discussing the battle on the eve before the fight and the conversation quickly turns to their horses, their armor and their mistresses. Once the Dauphin steps away, the three remaining begin to
Henry V Aspects Of A Leader
To what extent is Henry V presented as an effective leader
Since Henry IV Parts One and Two, Henry has developed into a much better leader and king, due to the improvement in many of his key characteristics.
When we first see Hal, in Henry IV part 1, he does not strike the audience as a leader; for he keeps extremely bad company in his two friends Falstaff and Poins who are both criminals. When they are all in the tavern in Henry IV, the audience gets the chance to…
Relate the importance of Chorus in Henry V
What is a Chorus? In music it is a group of performers, music for a group of singers and the part of song repeated after a verse. In a play the chorus may be traced back to the dramas of ancient Greece where a group of actors danced, sang and delivered lines. At first the chorus sang lyric hymns to honor Dionysus, the god of ecstasy and wine. These lyric hymns are known as dithyramb. During the 6th century B.C. Thespis, a poet also known as "the inventor…
HENRY V Mr. Lewis Tate
Importance of the Chorus 21st February 2015
Written around 1598, Henry V is the last play written by William Shakespeare in the second tetralogy that includes historical plays such as Richard II, Henry Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2. In Henry V the young mischievous prince grows into a capable and determined king…
Branagh’s Henry V film and Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 1 both cover major historical events. Shakespeare originally interpreted the antiquity events into exciting stories for audiences that have continued to be well-known for centuries. Both of the texts contribute stories of the royal family which was a large importance to people centuries ago.
The Shakespeare play, Henry IV part 1, focuses on the story of Prince Hal before he became king. The title character is known as wild undisciplined young…
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Many people learn to be apprehensive when they hear the word ‘compassion’ spoken especially men as society expects them to not express their feelings. That is not so for Henry V in Shakespeare’s Henry V, Henry a former idle prince takes on the responsibility of being king of Britain in wake of his fathers’ death while displaying many respectable qualities throughout the play. Some of those qualities include: compassion, knowledge, intelligence…
Shakespeare in King Henry V, and in the ingenious film by Ang Lee ‘The Life of Pi’. American novelist and poet, Don Williams Jr, once wrote “our lessons in life come from the journey, not the destination” Portraying the idea that the obstacles, jaunts and voyages in life teaches humanity of their knowledge. This idea is proven through the journeys that are depicted in ‘King Henry V’ and in the film ‘The Life of Pi’ and how the characters learn from these journeys.
‘King Henry V’ is one of William…
they have violated a city ordinance and there is no supreme court case
that dismisses this fact. Furthermore, the police warned Patrick Henry to back down and stop
broadcasting his message in the promenade, but he refused to do so. This was fair because the
police warned Henry, but he refused to follow through their orders therefore he was disobeying
the police and Henry took the risk so he was arrested. Furthermore, since Patrick Henry refused
to follow the police officers order’s, he can be charged with disorderly conduct. Also, since the…
there is more than one reason why Henry wanted to gain an annulment to Catherine in 1529, and that it wasn’t purely down to reasons all diplomatically related. Although saying this, it’s also clear that the diplomatic situation at the time was a huge contributing factor for the failure. It most definitely did slow down the progress Henry made in achieving his annulment. At the time of the annulment, it was known that the Pope was hugely influenced by Charles V, who at the time was the Holy Roman…
of Aragon married Henry VIII in 1505, after a brief marriage to Henry’s younger brother Arthur. The marriage to Arthur ended quite shortly after they wedded when Arthur died of an illness. The father of Henry VIII and Arthur was not so keen on a Spanish alignment, however, after his death and Henry VIII being the heir to the throne, Henry VIII’s objective was to achieve great notoriety within Europe. Henry VIII saw the marriage as a means to obtain this goal.
So, in 1505, Henry VIII married Catherine…
Protestant Reformation (Renaissance)
Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, King Henry VIII
Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anglicanism
St. Catherine of Sienna, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila
Council of Trent
Babylonian Captivity of the Church
• “Babylonian Captivity”: Avignon Papacy- 1309-1377 (7 popes)
• Philip IV of France arrested Boniface VIII and put in French
Pope, Clement V.
• French controlled the Papacy in Avignon, France
• Papal abuses: extravagance, centralization, taxes…