Henry V Act IV, Scene 7 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene 7 Summary and Analysis

Fluellen and Gower, upon hearing of Henry’s command, are both highly pleased. Fluellen compares the king to Alexander the Great, paralleling Alexander’s murder of a friend with Henry’s rejection of Falstaff.

At this point the king himself arrives and repeats his order to “cut the throats of those we have.” He adds, “not one of them that we shall take/Shall taste our mercy.”

Just then Montjoy returns, bearing a request that the French be allowed to bury their dead. Henry asks if the outcome of the battle has been decided, and the herald answers, “The day is yours.” “Praised be God, and not our strength, for it!” cries the happy king.

Henry and Fluellen...

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