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In Shakespeare's play Henry V, how does the title character maintain balance between the different areas of his life?

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Henry V, as depicted in the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, is a complex man who must balance his authority and responsibilities as King with his personal demons, worries, and fears. Henry V is seen as a ruler struggling with the weight of the crown but also determined to win both his legacy as a dutiful King and his personal birthright, the crown of France. While acting as King, Henry V allows trusted friends to give both advice and counsel; while Henry V is convinced that his goals are worthy and justified, he fears that if he is wrong, his legacy will be tainted and his people betrayed in their trust . Beyond these fears, Henry stands alone as the King of his people, an almost deified figure who must be infallible against his enemies. Henry sees, through events such...

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