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What persuasive techniques does Henry use in Act 4 Scene 3, Lines 16 - 67?

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HENRY V Act 4 Scene 3 QUESTION: What persuasive techniques does Henry use in Act 4 Scene 3, Lines 16 - 67? Henry's speech is well prepared; he uses various key features in a persuasive leader. Before Henry starts of he is able to turn weakness into strengths. He immediately identifies what is wrong with his soldiers, the larger French army. King Henry commences by giving his soldiers confident advice, he says 'if we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country's loss.' Essentially this means that the fewer who die the better for our country, because the less loss of lives. The key feature that Henry uses is that he never mentions the word 'lose.' Since that is a negative expression. Soon after he talks about his side winning, 'and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honour.' This signifies that if they win the battle and live, Henry's soldiers will have extra honour because they had fewer men to begin with. ...read more.


There becomes a strong turn around point in Henry's speech because he introduces the word 'death.' This is a killer line. By saying honour is greater that death, Henry is mentioning that if no man dies with his king, he would not die for him, ' we would not die in that man's company that fears his fellowship to die with us.' Another change in direction occurs, this is when Henry will give a reward to any man who will fight besides him. Henry puts this into concrete terminology. This will create a vivid picture in the imaginations of the soldiers. This is an outstanding persuasive technique. Henry also encourages his soldiers to think of themselves as privileged to be present. They were about to make history. Henry draws an image of giving his soldier's fame and honour, since they will live longer than any man. He now comes back to the expression live, before he was referring to death. ...read more.


He flatters them by calling then his brothers, 'we few, we happy few, we band of brothers.' They are blood related. He also means it literally. Any weakness is wiped out if you die with your king. Henry is ultimately offering his men elevation to royalty. Additionally the relationship between Henry and his nobles are friendly and caring. The last persuasive technique Henry exploits is the word 'man hood,' deliberately to suggest manliness could only be earned by achieving honour in battle. In conclusion, there are various persuasive techniques brought into play by Henry. Henry uses inspiration in his speech. He can coin phrases that will designate in a mind. Many leaders use Henry's attributes. Henry boosts a lot of morale in his speech and confidents. There is quite a lot of turn around and Henry never uses negative comments. Henry has close relationship with his men, by using a variety of strong terms. Henry's lecture has reference to the superior being to give more assurance. Furthermore King Henry gives divine inspiration to many leaders now days. Vimalraj Arumugam 9P English H/W 10/05/2007 ...read more.

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