Through detailed analysis of the battle speeches, explain how Henry uses language to persuade
Henry V is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1599. It tells the story of King Henry V of England, focussing on the events directly before and after the battle of Agincourt. It is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2. Shakespeare wrote Henry V to follow on from Henry IV, Part 2. He had already planned on writing the play while still working on Henry IV, Part 2 as towards the end of Henry IV, Part 2, there is a reference to there being another play in the series. Shakespeare also wrote the play so the audience could see another side to Henry, as in previous plays he was a young hooligan and was seen as an unsuitable king, however in Henry V, he is seen as a patriotic king who is successful into leading his army into battle. At the time of the play, people were expecting another Armada and England was hated by the rest of Europe. The play written to cheer England up and would make the audience think positively if there was another Armada because it was very patriotic and showed that under good leadership the English army could easily defeat the enemy and win the war. It would also make them feel better about the fact that England was hated because as the English army ended up the winners of the battle in the play, it seemed as though they were the best and that some of the reason they were hated was for fear that they would be beaten by the English. It was agreed that the play was written in 1599 as in the play there was a reference to the Earl of Essex who led an expedition to put down an Irish rebellion in 1599. At the beginning of the play, Henry claims that he owns certain parts of France. However, when the Dauphin of France sends Henry an insulting message, he decides to invade France. Henry and the English army fight their way across France and manage to conquer the town of Harfleur, where Henry gives...
References: to the soldiers’ families and the fact they will be made nobles are also successfully used as the soldiers will feel like they are fighting for their family and they are proving that they are worthy of being a noble. If Henry didn’t make those speeches, his troops might not have put as much effort into fighting and might have lost the battle.
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