In Shakespeare's play Henry V, what is Henry's attitude toward war?
Critics are divided about Henry V 's attitudes, suggesting that Shakespeare may have intentionally left his character ambiguous and ill defined. One clue is Henry's conversation with Canterbury about the Salic law that decrees the passing of the Crown through the male line. Before the Ambassador from Fance enters with his tennis ball gift, Henry has already decided to "bend [France] to our awe, / Or break it all to pieces.” After the Ambassador presents the gift, Henry is...
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