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Henry V - What sort of man and what sort of king does Henry seem to be in the first two acts?

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AMDG English Coursework on Henry V 11/1/04 What sort of man and what sort of king does Henry seem to be in the first two acts? The bishops refer to Henry in the first scene as "a sudden scholar" who can "reason in divinity." Canterbury says, "The king is full of grace, and fair regard. Ely quotes "and a true lover of the holy church. The two bishops, pretty much have the same view on Henry, they think highly of him. Henry's past is described by Ely and Canterbury, the two bishops. Canterbury quotes, "Since his addiction was to cause vain, His companies unletter'd, rude, and shallow, His hours filled with riots, banquets, sports; And never noted in him any study, And retirement any sequestration, From open haunts and popularity." ...read more.

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King Henry also asks of the law of Salic. This is the law by which no claim can be made via the roots of a female relative, no female claim, this shows us that the king takes war very seriously. Reading this speech makes you realise that he does not want to rush things, he actually sees war as a good thing. Canterbury, involved in this speech begins his very long reply to the question. The answer is a very interesting and intriguing, detailed speech. Canterbury tells the king yes. He notifies the king, telling him that the law of Salic only applies to the Salic land and that France it's self has no such restrictions to the throne. Henry then really shows us his true characteristics of being a king. ...read more.

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The last things that are said by the king in this scene is a piece that finishes things off nicely. It puts the icing on the cake. King Henry quotes the seriousness of war but he also gives a warning to the king and his son Dolphin. The first few scenes from Shakespeare play on Henry V is very interesting and of great importance to what happens further on in the play. Summing up on Shakespeare, whom I think is a great writer and a role model to anyone who wants to follow similar in his steps. From what I've seen in the first two acts I think that Henry is a good, intelligent man, made of integrity. He also in my view is a really good king. George Busumbru GM1 ...read more.

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