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In Shakespeares Henry V Shakespeare presents what he portrays as the ideal king Henry is what could be defined as the ultimate hero The story of Henry V epitomizes Englands idea of a good and fair king Henry even calls his fellow soldiers his brothers to further emphasize the importance of a fair and humble king He sets the precedent for the need for moral values and justifications in all people especially a ruler of a country Shakespeare has portrayed Henry as the archetype for future English kings and the values they should hold To see how Henry V is an ideal hero-king it is first essential to define the characteristics of one Essentially what makes up a great king are three fundamental elements nobility humility and strength Nobility though concise in name covers a vast number of characteristics An important part of nobility is morality A good king has good morals but an excellent king adheres to his morals and can use them as a foundation to the way he rules Furthermore nobility encompasses kindness and forgiveness for a king cannot be cold and ruthless without reason Humility though it may not seem to be at the foremost of a great kings qualities Henry makes excellent use of this The English people see a king that is not so distant from them and they realize that they too can be like their king because in the end the king is only human Finally strength is the most obvious most basic necessity for the ideal hero-king If a king does not have the leadership and the courage to rally his men and charge into battle no one would think highly of him A weak king results in civil destruction for there are always rebellious factions that need to be kept in check by a strong king who is not afraid to use force These are the qualities that embody the ideal king and Shakespeare makes
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