Henry's St. Crispin's Day Speech Analytical Essay

Henry's St. Crispin's Day Speech
An analysis of the St. Crispin's Day speech in William Shakespere's "Henry V".
# 112271 | 1,975 words | 0 sources | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 18, 2009 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Henry IV, V)

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This paper discusses how in Act 4, Scene 3 of Shakespeare's, "Henry V", we see Henry give a rousing speech to the few English soldiers who are about to partake in battle. It looks at how this speech is a centerpiece of the play and gives great insight into Henry as both a political and military leader, and as a leader of men. The paper also examines how, through his St. Crispin's Day speech, Henry shows us not only what he wants to get out of being a strong king and military leader, but also his keen ability to rouse the troops and prepare their minds and hearts for battle.

From the Paper:

"To understand this speech we must first understand its context. The lines that come directly before the speech given by Henry give us great insight into what Henry is trying to convey in his speech. Before Henry gets begins speech Westmoreland says, "O, that we had here but one ten thousand of those men in England that do not have to work today." (Act 4, scene 3 ll. 18-20) These words spoken by Westmoreland are what encourage Henry to erupt into his spectacular oration. Westmoreland remarks to Henry that the English army would be better off if they had thousands more troops to go into France with. This however, is not how Henry feels, and in his ensuing speech, he tells his troops why he would rather have a few courageous troops than thousands of men forced to fight in the name of England."

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