An Analysis of Henry V and his Mannerisms.


AnAnalysis of Henry V and his Mannerisms.

HenryV, even though said to be a crude, ancient item from Shakespeare`scanon, gives rise to many mature and interesting discussions onpsychology and mortality. Apart from being considered as &quothistorical&quotwork. It also acts as a testimony to the bard`s skill that he cancompute a lot of ideas in a way that has to take account of popularfacts.

Description of the play tends to revolve around issues of kingship or theresults of thewar,however there is an issue that seems to be missedhow war relates to sex and masculine pride. The relationship betweenthe three aspects is brought out by the acts of Henry V in the secondact.Therefore, the action is broken into three parts. Where Henryplays a game to confuse the traitor. Secondly is the exploding ofHenry as a result of his anger. Finally, the positive changes towardsFrance by Henry. And that brings out the thoughts of Henry in scenetwo.

Theauthor uses Machiavellianism to create suspense to the audience thatmeans once tendency to manipulate. Bedford terms Henry asknowledgeable of what is happening to his traitors centrally to whatthe traitors know. Hence displaying Henrys Machiavellianism. Westmorland talks of allegiance, loyalty and faith as the traitorqualities.It represents the qualities of the associates to the king.

Inthe scene, it reaches a point where Henry decides to hand in papersto the traitors. Little do the traitors know what is in the papers,and they think of it as being a promotion. Henry s plan is to notifythem on what he knows regarding them. The drama creates a tensionamong the traitors, and they feel being in the hands of henry. Theyeven go a step further of plotting to kill him, but he turns his faceon them, and they get to beg for mercy.

Thepart places emphasize on many of the worthy qualities of Henry.At thebeginning of the scene, he displays his merciful nature by showingmercy and forgiveness to any person whose offence small as per theperception of the society. It is ironic to see that the threetraitors are arguing for punishmentthat is harsh. Henry goes ahead tolet the traitors impose judgment on their selves. That however seemsto be all a part of the plan by Machiavelli.

Thefollowing part is whereby Henry explodes. He asks why they did itafter all the trust he had shown them in regard to the deceitby LordScroop. Scroop wonders the why the Lord would reveal him so badly yethe knew Henry so well to the extent he would betray him for such asasmall price. Henry cannot fathom why these three“old friends”plot against him so as to get their hands on some gold fromFrance,which was a dismal rate according to Henry. He sees this asthe highest form of betrayal from his closest associates. That makeshim question further how he can trust any other person if his threemost trusted men would dare betray him to such a great extent. Hemakes severalobservable points in theexplosion to explain howdisloyal the traitors are to him. Henry makes reference to the wordinfected to bring about the notion of an infectious disease. He istrying to show that Lord Scroop, who is a traitor, may have passed onthis disease that is highly contagious to others. Henry seems worriedabout the traitorous disease spreading through the country.

Henrythen orders for the arrest of the traitors for high treason. As perthe king`s instructions the three are put into custody, and theyplead guilty and are willing to die for their crimes but they alsoseek some leniency and forgiveness. Ironically they say that they arehappy and relieved that their plans werelet out.

Henrymakes his last speech to the three traitors. He continuously uses theword God as a sign of reassurancethat God is on his side. He tries toinvoke the name of God to show the divine stature of a king, and itis also a suggestion that he will be able to defeat France. Henryregards God as the ultimate authority in superiority and tells thetraitors that what they need id the help that comes from God. Henryputs aside the unfortunate events and sentences the traitors to theirdeaths. He does this for the safe state of the country. The nationwould have been brought to its knees had the traitors succeeded intheir evil deeds. Henry then shifts his mind back to the problem athand that is France.


Theauthor uses many dramatic expressions such as unexpected entrance,irony and all the others to bring out the behavior of Henry as aChristian king. The dramatic tensions used by the author areeffective and efficient since they seem to generate a sense ofsuspense to the target group as required. Also, it helped so much onmaintaining the audience anxiety through the author’s views andperspectives regarding Elizabeth’s society.

Inclusiveof all the dramatic expressions are also lessons one needs to learn.One of them being unethical to take people as fools because one-daytables might turn on you. That clearly shows that henry despite beingthe king in England at that time is not worth to be a mirror ofChristian kings. Instead, the statement in his chorus is ironic inthat whatever he does is dramatic and not from his ethicalpersonality. Hence, leaders should portray good qualitiesthat theyhave rather than pretend.


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