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A Man Above Kings In William Shakespeares Henry V King Henry is at the height of his reign as he defeats the French in one of the most significant battles in English history As Henry fights the ongoing battle on French soil he is subjected to many situations that define him as a man as well as a king As the play progresses these demanding situations test his military ability intelligence and endurance In some peoples view such as the Dauphin Henry is merely a childish and immature leader whose lack of experience as a king make him worthless to the English throne Shakespeare IIiv28 Remarks such as these are based upon the fact that Henry is still young therefore making him an immature leader of England Although these are strong comments they are only assumptions made by those who neglect to recognize Henrys true potential as a man as well as a true king King Henrys charm military superiority as well as his ability to be a kindhearted man makes his alleged juvenile behavior relatively insignificant As the play leads young Henry into war with the French we see him mature into a charming hero as well as a compassionate egalitarian Henry is seen as a great hero for England while avoiding common problems that can affect his success Despite the opinions of those who dislike him the fact remains that Henry was a hero a King of England and the conqueror of the King of France Hazlitt 194 As a result of Henrys heroic characteristics he has the benefit of being without certain dangerous tendencies which mark the tragic heroes thus he is perhaps the most efficient character drawn by Shakespeare Bradley 209 In general Henry is seen as a genuinely charming modest and patient king In spite of the difficult and doubtful circumstances in which he is placed Henrys behavior is as patient and modest as it is spirited and lofty
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