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Henry is first referred to as warlike in the first chorus and this image of him continues throughout the play Later Henry advises the Archbishop to be careful Awakening our sleeping sword of war which shows that he can be warlike when roused but is also peaceful When Henry sends a message to the Dauphin he tells him we will in France by Gods grace play a set shall strike his fathers crown into the hazard and disturb all the courts of France with chases this metaphor shows how he will fight and win the war Henry also tells us that I will dazzle all the eyes of France and strike the Dauphin blind to look on us showing himself as the sun which gives the idea that he is in the right and the war is good An Elizabethan audience would have enjoyed this speech of Henrys very much due to the wit included and with the anticipation of war to them Henrys attitude to war and being a soldier make him a star but to a modern audience he can seem unethical Next Henry describes with graphic detail what the Dauphins joke will cause in France Many a thousand widows shall this mock mock from their husbands mock mothers from sons mock castles down and some are yet ungotten and unborn that shall have cause to curse the Dauphins scorn this adds to the impression that Henry enjoys war Tell you the Dauphin I am coming on to venge me as I may this shows Henry thinks of war as a way to gain vengeance which would be acceptable to an Elizabethan audience but wouldnt be now The way that Henry links war to tennis to turn the Dauphins insult back on itself would seem witty to the Elizabethan audience but may suggest now that Henry only thinks of war as a game At the end of Act
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