• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Henry V section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Henry V essays

  1. Henry V Speech Analysis

    O, do not wish one more! Then just in case some of the soldiers may not be not bothered about the honour he goes on to sell them the importance of this honour by saying to them that he values it so much himself.

  2. Focusing on the traitor scene: Act II Scene II, How does Shakespeare portray Henry?

    Someone was watching. Someone had to be watching. The only place I felt I belonged, and I had to escape. I took a few deep breaths: in through the nose, and out through the mouth; in, and out... It was simple really.

  1. A comparison of William Faulkners "A Rose For Emily" and Louise Erdrich's "Red Convertible".

    The sister that I had shared so much with had also been called to war, and when she returned, our special bond had also changed, not broken, but not the same. I missed the memories that filled my head with joyous times that I longed to feel again, as they did with Lyman.

  2. How does Henry demonstrate his skills as an orator in his speeches at Farfleur ...

    So this is encouraging them not to give up. To enforce the points he makes, he uses alliteration. "But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of a Tiger". By using the alliteration for when the war begins Henry explains that they must act like Tigers - Angry and ferocious.

  1. Was Henry V an inspiring leader or a cold and severe king?

    he first came to the throne because they had heard about his wild behaviour when he was young. After the war they must have thought he was brilliant. He referred to them all as his brothers and even gave them their own celebration for surviving the war.

  2. 'Henry V constantly refuses to accept responsibility for his actions. He has yet to ...

    He is not accepting the fact that it was he who led his army into war, and is now trying to lower the responsibilities that he has of being a king by declaring that the most important thing about kingship is ceremony.

  1. How does Shakespeare show the qualities of kingship in Henry V

    It shows a true sense of submission to his nation which makes him an even more admirable king and a very good attribute for a king to have. 'The fewer men the greater share of honour' (line 22) Henry in this piece of the speech can turn a negative factor,

  2. King Henry the fifth, Noble hero or Devious brute?

    He was executed for his crime. Henry ignored their friendship. There is one other circumstance mentioned in this play where Henry has left or abandoned a friend. Sir John Falstaff was a friend of Henry's who was mentioned in Shakespeare's other play, "Henry the Fourth." In this play, Falstaff is sick and dying.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work