From your reading of Shakespeare “Henry V” and of Sir Keith Feiling’s historical account. What do you think are the aims and effects of Shakespeare's potrayal of Henry?
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Henry V FROM YOUR READING OF SHAKESPEARE "HENRY V" AND OF SIR KEITH FEILING'S HISTORICAL ACCOUNT. WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE AIMS AND EFFECTS OF SHAKESPEARE'S POTRAYAL OF HENRY? William Shakespeare wrote Henry V in 1598, about 170 years after king Henry V reigned. Shakespeare's play is about how King Henry made a claim to the French throne. Shakespeare's written and based his play on the main event of the 15th Century; which was the Battle of Agnicourt in 1415. The play includes the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) - between France and England, and is based on real characters and other events of the early 15th Century, but using imagination. Sir Keith Feiling wrote A History of England: First Edition 1950, this text shows the real events that occurred in King Henry's life.
He asks the audience to make allowances for the limitations of the small theatre and encourages them to use their imagination to conjure up the large number of men and horses involved in the battles. Shakespeare wishes to impress his audience that this epic story they are about to see and he enlists their help in its creation. At the beginning of the play early we learn that in the Chorus it shows how Henry changed overnight from a wild young man to a responsible King, how he involved with lower class people, drinkers, womanizers and thieves. Then after becoming king, he became a responsible person. This was hard for the audience to believe, which added excitement and interest of the play, on how Henry will show his responsibility.
Feiling, in his historical account confirms that Henry was a very religious person: constant Masses, visits to shrines and anchorites, " a people of God"; he convinced himself In scene two Shakespeare shows the relationship between Henry and The Dauphin (French heir). How Henry responds to The Dauphin's insulting gift: The Dauphin sent Henry tennis balls; this is an insulting gift to Henry because it means that The Dauphin doesn't take Henry seriously. Henry's response to this insult is quite calm, he keeps his temper under control, but because he has a brilliant ability with words, he makes his anger quite clear in his words: How he comes o'er us with our wilder days. Priya Ruparel L52 English Coursework
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