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How does Shakespeare use language to entertain and motivate in Act 3, scene 1 and the rest of the play? Discuss with reference to the dramatic realisation of the play in Shakespeare's time and in the two twentieth century film versions.

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How does Shakespeare use language to entertain and motivate in Act 3, scene 1 and the rest of the play? Discuss with reference to the dramatic realisation of the play in Shakespeare's time and in the two twentieth century film versions. Shakespeare uses language to entertain and motivate the audience in many ways. Shakespeare uses his language in Henry V to entertain and motivate the audience to create a mood in keeping with the political and social need of his day. In the play "Henry V" there is particular importance attached to the historical context at the time it was written. In the time of Shakespeare, the people thought the monarchy was 'approved by god', but things were about to change. The god given right to be the king or queen was being seriously challenged and people were questioning god's choice of monarchy. People's faith was down as the pope had been opposed by Henry VIII. He had set up his own church against the pope. Again, according to the people, if anyone opposed the pope, then they would be punished badly but nothing happened to Henry VIII. People were questioning the pope and god. When the play was written England was a powerful country and had a big empire. The people of England were used to being at the top. ...read more.

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In Shakespeare's time, war was a thing where the whole country was involved, but at a distance. During the war, the English army thought God was on their side, 'We are in God's hand, brother not in theirs'. This shows their conviction regarding the superiority of their position and their Christian religion. Olivier's film version came out during the second world war. England's morale was low, just as it was back in Shakespeare's time. This is why the government funded the film, also for propaganda. Propaganda is where the media get involved and where the media can influence what the British public are thinking. The public can be manipulated this way. Another reason as to why the government funded the film is because the film was used to portray war as a good thing. The film came out when colour could be shown in films, so it showed the war as a colourful happy place and not the grim truth in black and white. Olivier also had scenes showing actors dressing up and rehearsing back stage and having fun. This was to take away and real issues from the play. Also, Olivier cut scenes out from the play in his film, noticeably the scenes including the traitors, the hanging of Bardolph and Henry's bloody speech in Harfleur. ...read more.

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There is not much of a determined expression in his voice. Olivier at the beginning of his film makes everyone around Henry seem silly, even the noblemen so Henry appears to the public as more noble and sensible, so the public trust him. Branaugh's version is more realistic. The battle takes place during the night to create the effect of darkness, danger and death. The are fires all over the place, lots of muddy ditches at to the realism. After Act 3 scene 1, Shakespeare introduces comedic characters in Bardolph, Pistol, Nym and Boy. They have fun with each other and provide light-relief comedy to the audience after the previous intense scene. This gives to audience a chance to relax, take things in and renew the situation. Another light-relief scene is the comical use of language. In Act 3 scene 5, the French princess Katherine is having an English lesson and is learning parts of the human body. The comedy is the use of her French accent pronouncing the English words. Lawrence Olivier's film version of Shakespeare was entirely based on creating morale for the British public. The film was made for propaganda purposes and did not show the reality of life and war. Kenneth Branaugh's version on the other hand, had nothing holding him back as he depicts to us the true realities of war. This is why I think Branaugh has recreated Shakespeare play better than Olivier and as Shakespeare would've wanted. GCSE: English Vishal Kapoor ...read more.

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