How is Henry V Presented in the Play?

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Henry V is a wise and loyal king, changing from a wild youth to a mature king. He is described to be an intelligent, thoughtful and an efficient statesman. He thinks carefully whether to invade France or not which represents his responsible character. King Henry gives a very strong speech which gave courage and confidence to his army that they could win the battle. This character describes him to be a king of great ability to fight and having good administrative skills. Throughout the play Henry’s nature is religious, merciful and compassionate.

Henry V renewed his family’s claim to the French throne after hundred years of war. Shakespeare is telling the audience in England that they are people of bravery.

In act one, scene one the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Ely consults with each other. The archbishop of Canterbury is the second richest person. Bishop of Ely is an assistant to the Archbishop; he supports the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ideas and joins in the discussions. The Archbishop and Bishop discuss a bill which is still pending. The bill would have taken most of the lands and wealth. “Would drink the cup and all”. This explains how much wealth the bill would have taken. The bill would have made the Archbishop of Canterbury lose what he had and the church would have caused los for the church. The archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop Ely were also discussing King Henry V’s behaviour when he was a youth and what he has become now as a mature King. In the quote the archbishop describes his behaviour changing,

“Never was such a sudden scholar made;

Never came reformation in a flood,

With such a heady currance, scouring faults.”

This shows how Henry V’s behaviour changed to a wise and mature king. ...

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...him he achieved all these victories. King Henry says in pride “I wear it for a memorable honour: For I am Welsh, you know, good countryman”.

This explains that King Henry was proud of belonging to Welsh blood. These feelings describe him to be patriotic of his lineage.

The closing statement of all the analysis and evaluation I have made is that King Henry V is a religious, merciful and responsible person. He shows compassion, sense of justice, a great fighting ability and administrative skills. He describes his fighting ability by conquering France bravely. His religiousness and mercifulness is shown when he says, “in the name of god”. The administrative skills and responsibility of King Henry V is great. Henry V was a wild youth but now he has become a mature and wise king to be remembered at all times by people who are in despair and need of inspiration.

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