Henry V

  • Period: 78 to 79

    Act 1 Scene 0

    Chorus 1 :
    Calls for the imagination of the audience : "think when we talk of horses that you see them..."
    Presents himself : "Admit me Chorus to this story"
  • Period: 80 to 84

    Act 1 Scene 1

    Ely and Canterbury talks about a bill that could lead the Church to loose "the better half of its possessions"
    Then they talk about the king : how he has matured since (compared to his reckless youth) since his father is dead (metaphor of strawberries)
    Ely asks Canterbury how the king feels about the bill
  • Period: 85 to 97

    Act 1 Scene 2

    Henry asks Canterbury to tell him if he can invade France and warns him that he should have a fair reading as the king's actions depend of what C has to say. C speaks for 2 pages, King asks "May I with right and conscience make this claim ?" Ely Westmorland and Exeter hype him up, king shows wisdom : "We must not only arm t'invade the French". The messenger from the Dauphin enters, the "treasure" is opened : tennis balls => reference to young Henry
  • Period: 98 to 99

    Act 2 Scene 0

    Chorus 2
    The English are ready for battle
    Tells us about the traitors
    We are now in Southampton
  • Period: 100 to 105

    ACct 2 Scene 1

    Nym and Pistol fight over a woman (represents war between France and England ?), the boy enters and tells them Falstaff is dying
  • Period: 106 to 113

    Act 2 Scene 2

    Henry plays with Scroop Cambridge and Gray (the traitors) by asking them if he should execute a drunk person. He then hands them papers with their treason written on them and they confess their faults. Henry has them executed.
  • Period: 114 to 115

    Act 2 Scene 3

    Bardolph says that Falstaff is dead. Together with Nym, Pistol and the boy, they prepare for the war
  • Period: 116 to 122

    Act 2 Scene 4

    The French court talks about England's will to invade them, then Exeter enters. He delivers Henry's message to the French king (which is to "bidding [him] to resign [his] crown and kingdom" or else war it is). The king of France says he will give his answer the next day. The Dauphin provokes Exeter by talking about the tennis balls
  • Period: 123 to 124

    Act 3 Scene 0

    Prologue 3
    Similar to prologue 1, calls for the audience's imagination. We are now in Harfleur.
  • Period: 125 to 126

    Act 3 Scene 1

    Henry's famous motivational speech : "once more into the breach dear friends, once more", he has a scene just for himself (similarity with the Chorus). Motivational speech (refers to family : "dishonor not your mothers")
  • Period: 127 to 128

    Act 3 Scene 2

    This scene shows Pistol, the Boy and Bardolph at war, singing. Then the Boy criticize Pistol Nym and Bardolph.
  • Period: 129 to 132

    Act 3 Scene 3

  • Period: 133 to 136

    Act 3 Scene 4

    Henry has a long speech about how he won't leave Harfleur "till in her ashes she lie buried". The French governor tells Henry that the Dauphin's defense is not ready for such a siege so they open the gates and cedes the city of Harfleur. Henry and Exeter enter.
  • Period: 137 to 138

    Act 3 Scene 5

    Katherine teaches Alice some english words
  • Period: 139 to 142

    Act 3 Scene 6

    The French court talks about Henry's offensive, Constable assures the French king that the English are few, sick and famished. Charles decides to launch his troops on Henry's.
  • Period: 143 to 149

    Act 3 Scene 7

    Llewellyn and Pistol fight : "the fico for thee", the king enters, Llewellyn tells him that Bardolph robbed a house and should be executed, Montjoy enters and unveils "his master's mind"
  • Period: 150 to 154

    Act 3 Scene 8

    Constable and Orléans talk about their armor and horse as well as how much Englishmen they will kill the next morning.
  • Period: 155 to 156

    Act 4 Scene 0

    Prologue 4
    The English are in a bad situation
  • Period: 157 to 169

    Act 4 Scene 1

    Henry encourages his noble soldiers (Erpingham)
    Pistol enters, the king is disguised : "Qui vous là ?" - "a friend". They discuss they greatness of the king
    William, Court and Bates enter, the king (still disguised) says that "the king is but a man as he is" (equality king-soldiers), they discuss the king’s responsibility, argue about it and exchange gloves (with William). The king is left alone, he has a soliloquy. Erpingham enters and tells the king that his nobles are waiting for him
  • Period: 170 to 172

    Act 4 Scene 2

    French nobles brag about how they’re going to destroy Henry’s army
  • Period: 173 to 178

    Act 4 Scene 3

    Exeter announces that they are outnumbered 5-1, the other nobles decide to rely on god : "’Tis a fearful odds. God be wi’you, princes all"
    The king enters, Westmorland says he wished more men were with them, Henry answers : "if we are marked to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honour". He says that those who wished to leave should leave, for "We would not die in that man’s company", Feast of Saint Crispian speech : "we few, we happy few, we band of brothers"
  • Period: 179 to 181

    Act 4 Scene 4

    A French man kneels in front of pistol, praying him not to kill him. They don’t understand each other, the Boy translates for pistol. The French soldiers offers Pistol 200 crowns to spare him.
  • Period: 182 to 183

    Act 4 Scene 5

    We see Constable, Orléans and Bourbon struggling during the fight. The English are winning, shameful, the three men contemplate suicide but they decide to keep on fighting.
  • Period: 184 to 185

    Act 4 Scene 6

    Exeter comes to update the king on the battle : they are doing great, but Suffolk and York (two noble men) died. Exeter describes their death and tears up.
  • Period: 185 to 192

    Act 4 Scene 7

    Llewellyn and Gower discuss about how the French soldiers broke the code of war by killing civilians. Then they compare Henry to Alexander the Great. The king enters and so does the French herald, who asks the king if his camp can take care of their dead. Henry answers : "I know not if the day be our or not..." ; the herald tells him : "The day is yours". The battle is over, the English camp won.
  • Period: 193 to 197

    Act 4 Scene 8

    At the end of the previous scene, Henry saw William and gave his glove to Llewellyn, telling him to wear it publicly as he who would challenge it is a traitor. In this scene, William challenges Llewellyn's glove, the king enters and reveals his joke. William kneels in front of the king and asks for forgiveness. The king gives him back the glove filled with crowns. The English herald is back with the numbers from the war : 10k French men were killed, only 25 English soldiers.
  • Period: 198 to 200

    Act 5 Scene 0

    Prologue 5
    The king went back to London (because the French mourning requires the Henry to stay home) where people were overjoyed to see him. But now Henry is back in France.
  • Period: 201 to 203

    Act 5 Scene 1

    Gower asks Llewellyn why he wears his leek past St Davy's. He explains that Pistol insulted him by suggesting that Llewellyn eat his leek. Pistol appears, Llewellyn starts to beat him with his cudgel until Pistol agrees to the condition that will satisfy Llewellyn's pride: Pistol himself must eat the leek that Llewellyn has been carrying in his hat. Pistol eats the leek. Pistol vows revenge for having been force-fed the leek, but Gower says it was Pistol’s own fault for making fun of Llewellyn.
  • Period: 204 to 217

    Act 5 Scene 2

    Both kings and both camps' nobles are on stage. The purpose of the meeting is to ensure a long lasting peace between E&F. Henry allows Charles to keep his throne if only he can marry Katherine. Left alone together with Alice, Henry courts Katherine and eventually convinces her to marry him.