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Comment on the significance of Act 3 Scene 7 in what it suggests about kingship Henry, Society and the nature of war.

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Comment on the significance of Act 3 Scene 7 in what it suggests about kingship Henry, Society and the nature of war. Henry V was written by William Shakespeare in the 1590's. In Act 3 Scene 6, the English have captured Harfleur and are on their way to Calais. Henry and his army are battle worn. In this scene the audience is introduced to the conflict between Henry's public side and his private side as a human being. This scene portrays Henry in various ways. Firstly, as a model king, Henry cannot display any signs of weakness or appear flexible. However, Shakespeare implies that Henry loses his temper by portraying him as speaking in prose. ...read more.

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However, his plea for his friend's life is tragic. Pistol displays emotions in his plea for Bardolph and he shows loyalty to Bardolph. He is determined t save his friend and doesn't care if he insults a noble: 'Die and be damned, and fico for thy friendship'. This symbolises love and loyalty in friendship. This scene symbolises the second death f Henry's youth. Bardolph's death symbolises the death of Henry's youth. The first is the death of John Falstaff. Henry's past and youth are in conflict with his present and future. There are two sides to Henry, his public role as a king, and his private or personal as a human being which is his friendship and loyalty. ...read more.

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Branagh also portrays familiarity between Henry and his captains. This is a contrast to Henry's relationship with Bardolph as he is distant from Bardolph. In the film, there is the juxtaposition of closeness. Henry is close to Fluellen but distant to Bardolph. A storm is a symbol of bonds being broken, therefore the presence of a storm during Bardolph's execution symbolises the severance of relationship bonds. This scene is symbolic because it represents the death of Henry's past. It also portrays one of the base characters in a different way. Also, Henry is portrayed in various ways in this scene. He is portrayed as a villain and as a model king. He is portrayed as a model king because he does not try to use his position to save his friends life. Also, this is what portrays him as a villain because a model king should not betray his friends. ...read more.

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