King Henry V and Katherine

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In Shakespeare’s “The Life Of King Henry V,” the setting of England in its early fifteenth century, with a famous heroic English King, claiming his “rights” to the French throne, which causes complications and the declaration of war between both England’s and France’s soil. This political war, then turn into a route of complicated dealings, after the fact that King Henry had successfully defeated France’s forces, and one of them was the marriage between King Henry and the daughter of the King of France, Katherine. An analysis of the both King Henry’s and Katherine’s relationship reveals that both had conflicting perspectives on one another, which results of their marriage as a political union of two powerful nations rather than a union of two lovers. Through history, the period of the fifteenth century, a woman choosing her husband was extremely rare. The majority of marriages was planned by the head of the household, usually that father of the bride or groom. The course of the marriage is to gain power and social standards. Also provides the chance for the heir of the marriage would have in possession the power, the territory, and the social standard for the family for next future heirs to come. This benefit more for the men than the women, for men can own territories and be the head of the household, women cannot. Instead, a woman’s obligation is to fulfill their family’s jurisdiction in their future. Even though in Act I King Henry was unsure to claim the throne of France, utilizing his marriage after he won the war helped him get what he wanted. He indeed let King Charles keep the throne, but the negotiations of marrying Katherine become an advantage for King Henry. This union is the ultimate ticket to claim territory from Fr... ... middle of paper ... commitment as he is as king. He is trying hard by showing his soft side by showing his affection for Katherine, especially on trying to speak in French. Bu yet, the concept of uniting his kingdom with theirs is still strongly visible. When Katherine eventually agrees to King Henry’s proposal, stating that the decision pleases her “de roi mon pére” [her king and her father] (5.2.257). This brings in the conclusion of both parties signing the treaties, which would make King Henry’s sons the future heirs to the throne of France when the King of France dies. However, due to its nice ending of success from King Henry’s part, the chorus in the epilogue does give a hard reminder that their son, Henry VI, did not help keep the union of two kingdoms. It is seen that the marriage between King Henry and Katherine is only used to bring a close to the play and the tetralogy.
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