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wall up with our English dead (Shakespeare III.i.1-3)! Henry also makes apparent the destruction in which he can incur upon the city, and that if he is forced to do so, he will not leave the half-achieved Harfleur/ Till in her ashes she lie buried (Shakespeare III.iii.5-9). The King s will to never give up, and even boldly shun away the possibility of defeat is the quality that sustains his military superiority. Even though he is undeniably outnumbered, Henry continues to pursue his goals, and warns if we be hindered,/ We shall your tawny ground with your red blood/ Discolor (Shakespeare III.vi.165-167). When the King is threatened that he will be held for ransom, he blatantly rejects the intimidation of the French: My ransom is this frail and worthless trunk My army but a weak

and sickly guard, Yet, G-d before, tell him we will come on/ Through France himself and such another neighbor/ Stand in our way. (Shakespeare III.vi.159-163) Henry s charming charisma coincides with his ruthlessness as a soldier to make him a competent, intelligent, passionate, and superior man to lead his people and his army. If there is anything that Henry deserves from his portrayal in this play, it is respect. His charm, modesty, and egalitarian attitude enable him to form a strong and trustful connection with those who serve below him. His intimidating presence as a soldier enables him to implant fear into those whom he thinks should fear the English. On one hand, the reader finds Henry being a superior king by defending his England, and those who fight for it. But on the

other hand, the reader also finds Henry having a delightful, modest, yet appealing attitude, therefore defining him as a superior man as well. Thus, by the end of the play, what remains for the reader to reflect upon is the presence of a great man as well as a great king. Henry undeniably deserves this recognition from this play. Yet this honorable acknowledgement does not necessarily make Henry the ideal man above all other men. He is undoubtedly a great man and a great king, and deserves respect from all those who have witnessed his actions, yet there is still closure needed upon analyzing his character in the play. Shakespeare seems to have teased the reader in this play. By reading Henry V one may think that the King is Shakespeare s most ideal character, whose nature and

personality is near perfect. However, in this play, the character of Henry lacks the one emotion that is so apparent in all of Shakespeare s other plays. Love. Henry s infatuation with the success of England leaves love a dangling mystery to the reader. Nevertheless, Shakespeare has still created a successful and charismatic character whose superior image has ultimately left love in the hands of the reader to display towards the great King.