What is your favorite part of the play? My personal favorite is Henry's speech before the Battle of Agincourt. It never fails to give me goosebumps, and often brings a tear to my eye.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I have to admit that I find the St. Crispin day speech rather cynical and manipulating, which is of course one possible reading of the play, as Henry becomes more and more Machiavellian and learns how to be the perfect king. My favourite scenes are some of the early ones with Pistol and crew, which undercut the kind of unity and image that Henry wants to create and show the reality of the lives of the people that Kings like Henry used. And these scenes are very funny too!

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I love that scene too. Have you noticed how many times it has been imitated? My favorite imitation is in the movie Independence Day, just before the big battle. You almost expect the drunk guy to run up to the president and beg to lead the vanguard.

I have too many favorite scenes! I love when Warwick returns the "Paris balls" to the king of France. I just love the whole play!

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rainbowbubbles | Student | eNotes Newbie

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I love the opening chorus speech, it's amazing and can be translated into almost any situation!  It's my favourite play :)