Hoes Does Shakespeare Portray Henry V?

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What Type Of Leader Does Shakespeare Show Henry V To Be?
Select Three Scenes/Experts To Support Your Views.
The qualities I believe a leader should possess are the ability to keep control but be firm and forceful against the people causing trouble for them and their country. Good manners are also important as with anyone, regardless of whether a leader or not. They should also believe in equality and be able to make decisions that will benefit their country, and not be over serious and maintain a good sense of humour. In Henry V, Shakespeare paints Henry to be a charismatic leader whom motivates his troops into battle. Section 8.

In this section, Henry is preparing to go to battle. He is making the famous St. Crispian’s day speech. The section begins with Westmoreland somewhat doubting if they can win the battle with only 10,000 men, as said in this line: ‘But one ten thousand of those men in England That do no work to-day!’. However, Henry responds with:

‘No my fair cousin; If we are mark’d to die, we are enow’ /‘The fewer men, the greater share of honour.’

Henry is saying that ‘if we are meant to die, then we will with 10, 000 men, because it is better for our country, but if we are meant to win, then there will be a greater share of honour for each of us. Henry is telling the soldiers that any soldier that does not wish to fight with them shouldn’t because even though there are fewer men, there will be a greater share of honour between them. ‘God’s will, I pray thee wish not one man more.

By Jove, I am not covetous for gold...
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