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The Life of Henry V

The Life of Henry V

Book - 1998
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As part of the Newly Revised Signet Classic Shakespeare series this edition of Henry V contains- an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theatre by the general editor, Sylvan Barnet; a special introduction to the play by the editor, John Russell Brown; the source from which Henry V is derived; dramatic criticism from the past and present; a comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors and productions; text, notes and commentaries; and an up-to-date list of recommended readings.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Signet Classic, 1998
Edition: 2nd rev. ed
ISBN: 9780451526908
Call Number: 822.33 Q1b 1998
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Brown, John Russell


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Apr 14, 2021

Henry V is the culmination of Prince Hal’s (now King Henry V) journey to becoming a leader. This play is another of Shakespeare’s history plays, exploring themes of moral agency, good leadership, and the influence of powerful rhetoric. The main conflict in this play is of Henry’s conquest of France, whose Dauphin challenges Henry with taunts and disrespect. Some of Shakespeare’s most rousing speeches and inspiring rhetoric come from the mouth of King Henry, displaying a theme of good leadership correlating with inspiring words. Henry V’s rejection of the tavern thieves and ascension to truly great heights as king marks a distinct development in his character from the Prince Hal we saw in the previous plays. This play is worth reading for anyone looking for what good leadership looks like, and for anyone who would appreciate a piercingly insightful play remarking on the cost of war and the moral responsibilities of leaders.


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