Podcast 71: Henry the Fifth: DVDs

This week’s podcast continues our month-long discussion of Henry the Fifth with a synyopsis of the final two acts of the play. Then, we’ll finish up with our usual recap of this week’s blog entries.

The War of the Roses available at the Bill/Shakespeare Project YouTube page .
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Henry’s Greatest Hits: St. Crispin’s Day

What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin:
If we are marked to die, we are enough
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honor.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
But if it be a sin to covet honor,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England:
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Henry’s Greatest Hits: The Siege of Harfleur

How yet resolves the governor of the town?
This is the latest parle we will admit;
Therefore to our best mercy give yourselves;
Or like to men proud of destruction
Defy us to our worst: for, as I am a soldier,
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Henry’s Greatest Hits: Once More

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
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Podcast 70: Henry the Fifth: Plot, Conclusion

This week’s podcast continues our month-long discussion of Henry the Fifth with a synopsis of the final two acts of the play. Then, we’ll finish up with our usual recap of this week’s blog entries.
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Reliable Narrator?

Literary critics LOVE to discuss the concept of the reliable (or usually UNreliable) narrator. And in fiction, it’s a valid discussion. In drama, usually, however, not so much. In drama, the events are enacted, not retold, so the concept of a narrator, reliable or not, is not up for discussion. In Henry the Fifth, though, this may not be the case. If a play can have a narrator, a Chorus would be it, and Henry the Fifth has six choral instances, one at the beginning of each of the five acts, and an epilogue at the close.
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French Fops

It seems only fitting in Henry the Fifth, a play that chronicles the greatest military victory over the French in English history, that Shakespeare pulls out all the comic stops in portraying the French leaders as a bunch of effeminate fops.
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