Henry the Fifth: Numbers overall

Henry the Fifth

  • 3228 total lines; longer than average (average play: 2777; average history: 3009)
  • At 35 and 14 lines, the Act Three chorus and Epilogue are the shortest of their kind in the Canon
  • At 170, 53, 124, and 45 lines, Act Three, Scene Six, Act Four Chorus, Act Four, Scene Eight, and Act Five chorus, respectively, are the longest of their kinds in the Canon
  • Act One: 443 lines; shorter than average (average play: 590, average history: 612)
  • Act Two: 563 lines; slightly shorter than the average, much shorter than average history (average play: 568, average history: 621)
  • Act Three: 717 lines; MUCH longer than average (average play: 576, average history: 632)
  • Act Four: 991 lines; MUCH longer than average (average play: 563, average history: 651)
  • Act Five: 514 lines; longer than average (average play: 480, average history: 493)
  • 1320 lines of prose (40.89% of total lines [as opposed to The Comedy of Errors: 13.31%, Titus Andronicus: 1.39%, The Taming of the Shrew: 20.82%, 1HenryVI: 0.37%, 2HenryVI: 16.64%, 3HenryVI: 0.14%, Richard III: 2.89%, Love’s Labor’s Lost: 35.08%, The Two Gentlemen of Verona: 26.81%, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 19.75%, Romeo and Juliet: 14.18%, King John: 0.0%, The Merchant of Venice: 21.79%, Richard II: 0%, 1HenryIV: 44.7%, and 2HenryIV: 51.31%])
  • 74 rhyming lines (2.29% of total lines [as opposed to Comedy: 20.10%, Titus: 2.42%, Taming: 3.93%, 1HenryVI: 9.79%, 2HenryVI: 3.16%, 3HenryVI: 5.37%, Richard III: 7.55%, LLL: 40.86%, 2Gents: 35.08%, Midsummer: 43.5%, Romeo: 16.61%, King John: 6.19%, Merchant: 5.16%, Richard II: 18.95%, 1HenryIV: 1.04%, and 2HenryIV: 2.32%])
  • 29 scenes; more than average (average play: 21; average history: 24)
  • 46 characters; more than average, about average for a history (average play: 36, average history: 47)

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