King Henry's Speech in "Henry V" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

An analysis and discussion of Henry V's "Field of Crispian" speech in William Shakespeare's play "Henry V".
# 145547 | 1,145 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010
Published on Nov 14, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Henry IV, V)

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The paper outlines how in "Henry V", King Henry V presses on with his small army to France to claim his throne, and battle the French army. The paper focuses on Henry V's "Field of Crispian" speech on the day of the battle that was designed to motivate his exhausted and outnumbered troops. The paper analyzes how the rhetorical elements in this speech can be utilized by any leader in the business environment, and highlights its success in gaining his followers' trust and encouraging them to unite to achieve victory over the French.

From the Paper:

"William Shakespeare's Henry V is a story about the king of England and how he must overthrow the throne of France, based upon his advisors. His advisors develop a plan for King Henry V to overtake France because of England's impending legislation that may rob the Church of England of its power and wealth. Three lords to the king were discovered to be planning to assassinate the king. King Henry V has them arrested and executed for treason.
"The king presses on with his small army to France to claim his throne. Along the way, one of his long-time warriors steals from a church. King Henry V is torn between assisting his friend and doing the right thing. The king decides to have his friend executed based on the values and principles set for such an act. The army moves forward and encounters several battles before their onslaught with the large French army. On the night before battle, the king disguises himself as a common soldier and discusses the events ahead for the king's army. The other soldiers are willing to fight the French, but have skepticism and questions concerning the king."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Speech of Henry V, Retrieved March 3, 2006, from

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