1HenryVI by the Numbers: overall

The First Part of Henry the Sixth

  • 2677 total lines; shorter than average play, shorter than average history (average play: 2777; average history: 3009)
  • At 21 and 5 lines, respectively, Act One Scene Five and Act Three Scene Four are the shortest of their kind in the Canon
  • At 31, 41, and 175 lines, respectively, Act One Scene Eight, Act Three Scene Eight, and Act Five Scene Six are the longest of their kind in the Canon
  • Act One: 596 lines; longer than average, shorter than average history (average play: 590, average history: 612)
  • Act Two: 487 lines; shorter than average, shorter than average history (average play: 568, average history: 621)
  • Act Three: 476 lines; shorter than average, shorter than average history (average play: 576, average history: 632)
  • Act Four: 557 lines; shorter than average, shorter than average history (average play: 563, average history: 651)
  • Act Five: 561 lines; longer than average, longer than average comedy (average play: 480, average history: 493)
  • Only 10 lines of prose (only .37% of total lines [as opposed to The Comedy of Errors: 13.31%, Titus Andronicus: 1.39%, and The Taming of the Shrew: 20.82%])
  • 262 rhyming lines (9.79% of total lines [as opposed to The Comedy of Errors: 20.10%, Titus Andronicus: 2.42%, and The Taming of the Shrew: 3.93%])
  • 35 scenes; more than average (average play: 21; average history: 24)

 

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