Henry V Act III, Scene 1 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 1 Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Soldiers: infantrymen in the English army

Standing before a gap in the wall surrounding Harfleur, Henry delivers a rallying speech to his troops. Pleading for one more mighty effort, he tells them to cast off their civilized manners and “imitate the action of the tiger.” He appeals to their nationalism (“On, on, you [noblest] English”), linking his own leadership with the men’s patriotic and religious fervor:

Cry “God for Harry, England, and Saint George!”

Henry’s oratory here is dazzling. “Once more unto the breach” is among the most famous battle cries in literature, and his injunction to “disguise fair...

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