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In the first act of the play we start in an antechamber in King Henrys palace The bishops are discussing the change in Henrys character from a wild man to a model king Canterbury hopes to persuade Henry against the new law by giving him Church money and supporting Englands claim to France Unity was an important issue at the time this play was written because of the battles being fought Strength in numbers was one of the most important virtues when fighting a battle as there is a united front but trusting the people who are with you is also important It was a time of difficulty and they were lacking in peace which suggests there were different groups of people taking different sides This shows us a lack of unity The fact that the Bishops were talking together in secret in the first act of King Henry V portrays them as detached When Ely says a true lover of the Church he is referring to Henry but the fact that they are talking in secret about him gives us an impression that they are not united completely as they would be able to talk more freely otherwise In Shakespeares time there was a great chain of organised power Men were organised in a fixed order from King to serf As you went up the chain each link had power over the link below Those who were in positions of power wanted everyone else to know their rightful place This seems like a separated was to live and does not give the impression of unity Every person is portrayed as disconnected from the next In the line Oh let their bodies follow my dear liege we see the leaders of the Church and state join in urging Henry to claim the throne of France even though it means a bloody war This shows the strength and belief they have in Henry
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