2HenryVI by the Numbers: overall

The Second Part of Henry the Sixth

  • 3161 total lines; longer than average play, longer than average history (average play: 2777; average history: 3009)
  • At 15 and 6 lines, respectively, Act Four Scene Six and Act Five Scene Two are the shortest of their kind in the Canon
  • At 383, 223, and 83 lines, respectively, Act Three Scene One, Act Four Scene Seven, and Act Four Scene Nine are the longest of their kind in the Canon
  • Act One: 666 lines; longer than average, longer than average history (average play: 590, average history: 612)
  • Act Two: 518 lines; shorter than average, shorter than average history (average play: 568, average history: 621)
  • Act Three: 834 lines; longer than average, longer than average history (average play: 576, average history: 632)
  • Act Four: 801 lines; longer than average, longer than average history (average play: 563, average history: 651)
  • Act Five: 342 lines; shorter than average, shorter than average comedy (average play: 480, average history: 493)
  • 526 lines of prose (16.64% of total lines [as opposed to The Comedy of Errors: 13.31%, Titus Andronicus: 1.39%, The Taming of the Shrew: 20.82%, and 1HenryVI: 0.37%]): reflecting less aristocratic roles
  • 100 rhyming lines (3.16% of total lines [as opposed to The Comedy of Errors: 20.10%, Titus Andronicus: 2.42%, The Taming of the Shrew: 3.93%, and 1HenryVI: 9.79%])
  • 25 scenes; more than average (average play: 21; average history: 24)
  • 67 characters (more than any other play): more than average, more than average history (average play: 36, average history: 48)

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