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Analysis of Branaugh's Henry V

By Edited Sep 6, 2016 0 0

The Branaugh version of Shakespeare's Henry seems to take a negative
view of the French and English war. Many of the cuts support this view, as does much of the body language of the characters.

The first scene seems to describe the war as unnecessary, or at least not
a good idea in the minds of Henry's subjects. He also appears less reasonable because he accepts Canterbury's suggestion as soon as money is mentioned; in the text there is more debate before Henry agrees that he must fight the French.

The prologues for each act are also split up so the chorus speaks before
nearly every scene. This is very useful to help the audience keep track of the play's action, which sometimes occurs in different places. It also forces the audience to spend whole scenes thinking about the pain of war because the prologue describes it then we see wet and miserable soldiers before the dialogue starts. The prologue doesn't just warn of the difficulty of the war, he also expresses his displeasure by shaking his head disapprovingly at the hanging body of Bardolph.

The flashbacks around Bardolph and Falstaff's death also cause the
audience to pity them as men who were forgotten, or even betrayed, by their
friend when he became the king. Henry dismissed Falstaff, who was like a father to him earlier, with "I know thee not" and he hanged Bardolph as a thief even though he had always known he was. These flashbacks remind the audience that Henry is ruthlessly ambitious and even willing to forget his friends, some of whom helped him get there.  THis sometimes negative view of King Henry supports the characters' arguments that htey should not be at war.

Most of the times when the king enters, fanfare is not used.  This reminds teh audience that he may have lost some of his subjects' respect.  The fanfare would also appera to glorify war.  Its absence leaes a more negative impression of this war.

Finally the scenes of the war itself are very sad and miserable.  The men did not look like valliant warriors so much as tired, cold, and sick men.  It's true that war is always sad and gory, and this film focuses on the death and grave robbing rather than showing any real acts of bravery.  Alson, the men fight in bad weather, they continue to be rained on after the battle, which emphasizes the view of the English as miserable and "poor and condemned."

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