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In Henry V Henry is presented by Shakespeare in a number of different roles as a political figure a private man a leader and accomplished solder Shakespeares dramatic portrait relies on presenting Henry through his words and actions the different people he encounters as a King and a warrior as well as a lover to Katherine daughter of the King of France In his youth Henry as the audience might be aware from Henry IV Parts One and Two as well as folklore was rumoured to love what might be termed street life rather than the corridors of power at court It is therefore dramatically important that Shakespeare introduces a transformed Henry which he does in part through Canterbury and Elys discussion of the new King in Act One Scene One where they freely acknowledge never has such a sudden scholar made even though the causes of his youth promised it not The new Henry is seen at his most impressive when he deals with the betrayal of Scroop one of his old friends by contriving a situation just before they sail for France where he has just appointed Scroop and his fellow would-be assassins as Commissioners Henry then tells Scroop Cambridge and Gray about a drunken man who had verbally abused him and questions them as to how they think the culprit should be punished All agree Let him be punishd sovereign lest example Breed by his sufferance much more of a kind Scroop effectively condemns himself to death since his crime of betrayal is so much worse Henry is therefore justified in punishing Scroop to the full extent of the law as a traitor to his country and sovereign Shakespeare in this scene shows Henrys control and patience in what must emotionally been a very difficult incident for him He does however release his emotions at one point to mock the almost unbelievable betrayal
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