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  1. In Henry IV Part 1, the transformation of Hal is central to Shakespeares presentation of kingly qualities. Looking at two different scenes from the play, explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents issues related to kingship and how an Elizabet

    because of political pressure from living descendents Oldcastle who had powerful acquaintances in England. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. When he was 18, he married Anne Hathaway and they had three children. Around 1590 he became an actor, writer and part owner of a company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, who later changed their name to the King's Men. This was when his career began to be successful and he started to produce his famous works of theatre and poetry.

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  2. Henry V Speech Analysis

    "But when the blast of war blows in our ears," The tone and speed of the speech is raised again when Henry erupts into this flurry. Here Shakespeare uses the "b" plosive sound to install fearlessness in his soldiers and to give them a blood rush. "Then imitate the action of the tiger:" To Henry's soldiers the tiger would have been a legendary creature, the ultimate killer, fierce, silent and deadly. To work the soldiers into a frenzy Shakespeare quickens the pace and raises the volume.

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  3. Is Henry V an ideal Christian king?

    [line 260]. Then almost immediately the speech takes on a greater seriousness and we can feel the tension swell in the room as Henry is giving the state response to the insult. It ends with Henry launching a personal attack on the Dauphin and we can clearly see that this is his personal response to the insult. In terms of language and imagery there are two distinct sections within the extract itself. In the first section [lines 259-267], Henry describes the retributive future war in the context of a game of tennis.

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  4. An Exploration of Shakespeare(TM)s Presentation of the King in Henry V(TM).

    Moreover, the fact that these positive comments are made by Ely and Canterbury who both have a prestigious status within the church, creates a significant effect on the audience as if such well respected persons are complimenting Henry then he must be an honorable person. On the other hand, this could be questioned, as the two bishops were in fact situated in an ante-chamber in the king's palace, so they could in fact think that someone may be overhearing their conversation, so they feel it right to be complimenting the king.

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  5. Was Henry V an inspiring leader or a cold and severe king?

    This explains his actions towards Falstaff. Henry's actions during the play can be interpreted in different ways. For example when he executes his best friends Bardolph and Nymn for robbing a French church, this could be seen as cold and severe as it is very harsh. Others would think that this is very inspiring because it shows that he has moved away from his old wild days and has matured. It shows that he will not stand for any nonsense and no one is above the law, particularly as he saw this act as being made against God.

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  6. Henry VI Part 1.

    Whilst all this is going on I would have sound effects in the back ground of battle cries etc... But in the tent the defiant princes would step back together to the doorway as if to show they want to re-enter the battle as he continues to praise his older brother he should have his arm out with hand on heart to show that he really means it and cares.

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  7. Farewell To Arms By Ernest Hemmingway.

    But it was checked and only 7000 died in the army." He says 7000 with only showing that he has no feelings about it. It happened and he accepts that. At the beginning of the novel, we see how shallow a lifestyle Henry has, spending all his free time drinking and in whorehouses, sleeping with countless women. He was a man without responsibilites or cares, and because of that it has caused him to be arrogant and self centred. He is to change however, (though not at first)

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