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What is Shakespeare conveying to his audience in Act I of Henry V?

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What is Shakespeare conveying to his audience in Act I of Henry V?

Shakespeare is conveying many things in Act I of Henry V through the chorus before Act I and in Act I itself. It also tells us of the decisions that Henry V has made as well as the situation. Shakespeare portrays Henry's leadership qualities in his dealings with the French and the way the other characters talk about Henry.

The chorus in the prologue gives us some information about the character Henry V. The chorus apologizes telling the audience,

"But pardon, gentles all,

The flat upraised spirits that hath dared

On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth

Also great an object"

This is telling the audience that it is difficult for them to give Henry V all the honor and glory he deserves when depicting his life on stage. This is also telling the audience that Henry was a great king.

In the chorus as well Shakespeare uses imagery comparing Henry when the chorus tells the audience that Henry should

"Assume the port of Mars: and at his heels,

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