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“But Brutus says he was ambitious,/And Brutus is an honourable man.”

Julius Caesar Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Three:  At the Capitol, Caesar rejects Artemidorus’s letter but instead listens to a petition requesting that the banishment of Metellus’s brother be repealed.  When he refuses, the conspirators stab him to … Continue reading

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“Henry the Sixth, in infant bands crowned king/Of France and England, did this king succeed;/Whose state so many had the managing/That they lost France and made his England bleed.”

Henry V Act Five By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Five:  At a peace conference in France, the two sides negotiate terms – one of which is a marriage between Henry and Catherine.  Henry privately courts and woos here and she … Continue reading

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“If Shakespeare had deliberately set out to deglorify the Battle of Agincourt and King Henry in particular it would seem if he could hardly have done more.”

Henry V Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————- I’d like to continue our look at Act Four of Henry V with Harold Goddard’s in-depth look at the Battle of Agincourt. I realize that my posts have emphasized a … Continue reading

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“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;/For he to-day that sheds his blood with me/Shall be my brother…”

Henry V Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Four:  The night before battle, Henry visits his demoralized troops in disguise.  One soldier, named Williams, is challenged by the King for doubting the value of their mission.  In the morning, … Continue reading

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“Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more…”

Henry V Act Three By Dennis Abrams ————————————– Act Three:  Fighting rates outside Harfleur, where King Henry exhorts his forces to drive through the town walls.  Bardolph is eager to advance, but his reluctant companions have to be driven on … Continue reading

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“So a’ cried out ‘God, God, God!’ three or four times. Now I, to comfort him, bid him a’ should not think of God; I hoped there was no need to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet.”

Henry V Act Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Two:  As the country prepared for war, Bardolph, Nim and Pistol play to enlist, but end up brawling.  They are interrupted by a summons to Falstaff, who, broken by Henry’s rejection … Continue reading

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“But I will rise there with so full a glory/That I will dazzle all the eyes of France,/Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us.”

Henry V Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————- MAJOR CHARACTERS Chorus, introducing the action THE ENGLISH King Henry V of England (aka Harry) Dukes of Gloucester and Clarence, Henry’s brothers Duke of Exeter, Henry’s uncle Duke of York Earls of … Continue reading

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“This brilliant and subtle work will always be popular; I could say ‘for the wrong reasons,’ except that all reasons for Shakespeare’s eternal popularity are correct, one way or another.”

Henry V An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ————————————– With its dramatization of the miraculous triumph by the English at Agincourt under the youthful at one time wastrel king, Henry V is often thought of as Shakespeare’s most overtly patriotic flag-waving … Continue reading

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“Presume not that I am the thing I was.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Five:  As reports spread that Hal has inherited the throne, the courtiers question his ability.  Falstaff certainly believes that his friend has no intention whatsoever of reforming, … Continue reading

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“By heaven, Poins, I feel me much to blame/So idly to profane the precious time.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Two:  Mistress Quickly attempts to have Falstaff arrested for fraud, but he manages (yet again) to talk his way out of it by renewing his promise to marry her, … Continue reading

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