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I will be writing about how Henry V wins the hearts of his men. Using, five main speeches that Henry V makes.

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By Shakespeare Written by: Meha Zulfiqar Year 11 Coursework essay Draft 1 Due in: Wednesday, 27th September, 2005 I will be writing about how Henry V wins the hearts of his men. Using, five main speeches that Henry V makes. I think that Henry won the hearts of his men by persuasion. Beforehand, I would like to apologize because I may talk about what 'Henry' says but I truly know this is what Shakespeare wrote. In the first speech the Dauphin presented Henry V with a set of tennis balls as a joke and insult. He was suggesting that Henry was a 'child' and not fit for being a king. I expected Henry V to be angry and yell with frustration but I noticed a sudden silence before Henry started his speech; it seemed as though he was collecting his thoughts and thinking how to answer Dauphin's so called, "joke." Henry used that time exceptionally wisely, he starts off with alliteration (which he also uses in Speeches 3, 4 and 5), "Pleasant/ Present/ Pains." These words may sound calm and polite, but all these words need to be said with clenched teeth. I found the line 290, Act One Scene 2, interesting where Henry says, "...dazzle all the eyes of France, Yea strike the Dauphin blind to look us," Henry compares himself to the sun: so bright and successful that the Dauphin would not be able to look up to him, making the Dauphin feel inferior. ...read more.


He uses this technique in his speech by saying, "Why so didst thou," right after he talks about the qualities he once thought these men had and how he was betrayed. Although Henry spoke to them in a genuinely harsh language he later coldly says, "I will weep for thee," making him sound like a generous and compassionate King. Henry, in the third speech, is trying to encourage his men before they go to war. I was expecting Shakespeare to write something encouraging, which is exactly what he did, but he added something extra to his speech: emotional blackmail. Shakespeare describes Henry's soldiers as "tiger," as they are strong, fast and fearsome. Shakespeare uses alliteration once again (as he used in Speech 1, 3 and 4), "Stiffen / Sinews / Summons," the "s" sound gives the reader a particular energetic sound. He says his men as, "fair nature," complimenting them but telling them that in war fair nature would not work instead, they need "hard- favoured rage." He makes his men feel strong by talking about their eyes, "lend the eye.... /... like the brass cannon." Henry had done this before in his first speech where he turned "tennis balls" into "gunstones." He also tells his men, "Swilled with the wild and wasteful ocean,": a powerful force indeed, and the alliteration, "swilled/ wild/ wasteful," emphasizes this. ...read more.


This is my favourite speech was the one where he talks to the Emperor of France and at the same time it is the speech which I do not want to read again. The fifth speech is when Henry gives his men another speech before they go into battle but this time they are outnumbered and Henry wisely changes this negative fact into something positive, "The fewer men, the greater share of honour." Shakespeare uses alliteration (again as he did in the first, third and fourth speech), "dwell, desire / man more me thinks, me/ fear, fellowship," once again to give a rhythm to his speech and it makes one think about the words said. Henry names the day, "Feast of Crispin's Day," to me that sounded more of emotional blackmailing than encouragement. Henry says that if they win this battle they would be as common as, "household words." Shakespeare utilizes the technique of 'use of three', "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers," making it easier for his soldiers to trust him, making him sound more trustworthy. He uses emotional blackmail again as well, "Shall be my brothers." I admired how different each speech is. I found it inspiring how Shakespeare can make Henry sound so trustworthy, sensitive and compassionate and two minutes later he can change the way one seems Henry just b y the words he says. Henry ?? ?? ?? ?? 27th September, 2005 Meha Zulfiqar Year. 11 4 ...read more.

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