How does Henry demonstrate his skills as an orator in his speeches at Farfleur and Agincourt

The play of Henry V was originally created by Shakespeare in 1600 and was produced to support the Queens decisions at the time when England was at war with Ireland , with this in mind Shakespeare wanted to create the play with encouraged patriotism and Nationalistic feelings between the public. He did this because Henry V had supposedly done the same to his people. Henry V was one of the greatest warrior Kings that ever lived. When parliament gave the church a bill that would take away a lot of the churches land, they turned for Henry V for help.

They would pay him a large sum of money to stop the bill going through. Henry agreed and understood that the only way he could do this was by overtaking France. The church turned to Henry for help because he was an accomplished soldier. He fought his first battle at the age of fourteen and at the age of sixteen he commanded his fathers army at the battle of Shrewsbury. In 1415 Henry proposed to marry Catherine, also demanding for the old Plantagenet lands of Normandy and Anjou as his dowry. Her father, Charles ll refused this and Henry V declared war.

With England being in war with Ireland as well he set off to France with only a quarter of the English army, leaving the other three quarters to fight in case the Irish invaded. As Henry arrived at Harfluer with worried but proud Soldiers. To engage them ready for battle he makes a speech o make them feel special and so that they believe they can fight to win. T the start of this speech he says “Dear friends”. This shows him addressing them all as friends. By doing this it makes them feel special and like there a family – in it all together.

This makes his soldiers sound really superior to the other side and ready for the fight. He tells them that they have nothing to lose by saying “Or close the wall up with our English dead”. In doing this it tells all his men that they can either fight to succeed or not fight and die and become a wall to protect the rest. So this is encouraging them not to give up. To enforce the points he makes, he uses alliteration. “But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of a Tiger”.

By using the alliteration for when the war begins Henry explains that they must act like Tigers – Angry and ferocious. He then moves on to explain how the should look when they are in battle. “lend the eye a terrible aspect: let it pry trough the portage of the head like the brass canon: let the brow overwhelm it”. This is explaining to his men that they should look evil, by letting the brow overhang the eye – Like a sea wrecked cliff. In doing this he makes his men believe that they can do this and that they can win this war.

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