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Henry V - Act 1 Scene 2 - Act 4 Scene 3 - Compared

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Act 1 Scene 2 - Act 4 Scene 3 - Compared In both scenes, Henry has different purpose, audience and structure. There are many comparisons between the lectures. Henry has two different situations in both speeches. The aspect of Act 1 Scene 2 is to avenge the Dauphin of his mockery, but the Act 4 Scene 3 is to bequeath more confidence in his men. The dialogue directed to the Dauphin shows more anger in Henry. With comparison to the other dialogue, which has a more friendly approach. This might indicate that Henry desires to use antagonism to eliminate the confidence in the Dauphin. Henry requires capturing the Dauphin's confidence because of the humiliation gift of tennis balls from the Dauphin himself to suggest Henry should go and play games 'play a set.' ...read more.

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The second lecture he uses the imagery of honour and the honour they will have if they win the war with less men, 'and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honour.' Additionally Henry can create vivid picture in the imagination of both the Dauphin and his men on the subject at hand. In the dialogue with his men Henry offers them fame and immortally, 'he that outlives this day.' In the other communication with the Dauphin Henry only offers a game of tennis reference to war in the courts of France, 'that all the courts of France will be disturbed.' The first similarity that was spotted, is he uses God in both lectures, but the word God is used in two different terminologies. In the first conversation with the Dauphin, Henry uses God as if he is God and God himself is on his side and guarantees a victory, 'by God's Grace.' ...read more.

Conclusion

Henry wants the speeches to have effect on his audience. The effectiveness of the first one is to humiliate the Dauphin by taking up the theme of tennis, but the second is to give confidence to his soldiers to fight beside him and give assurance they will win. The assurance and boosting morale in his speech has made it unique, but also has been manipulated and interpreted by many leader now days. In conclusion, both speeches have much effective terminology. The contrast of the two speeches has shown that the audiences are different, purpose is unusual and the structure has anger in one and emotion in the other. The only similarity is that both have reference to the superior being, 'God.' Henry has put God in the light, so he will be able to use God as a weapon and an inspiring person. The main assumption drawn is that both verbal communications have effectiveness, structure, language and imagery. Vimalraj Arumugam 9P English H/W 10/05/2007 ...read more.

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