King Henry VI, Part 1 | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by E. Pearlman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of King Henry VI, Part 1.
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Critical Essay by E. Pearlman

SOURCE: “The Duke and the Beggar in Shakespeare's 2 Henry VI,” in Criticism, Vol. 41, No. 3, Summer, 1999, pp. 309-21.

In the essay below, Pearlman interprets the dramatic and theological significance of the encounter between Duke Humphrey of Gloucester and the beggar Saunder Simpcox in 2 Henry VI.

In the midst of the factious wrangling that comprises so much of the matter of Shakespeare's The Second Part of Henry the Sixth, there occurs an innovative scene in which the young playwright takes some creative liberties with the new genre of the history play.

The situation is this: the fierce rivalry between Winchester, the proud cardinal, and his half-nephew the “good Duke” Humphrey of Gloucester—a younger brother of Henry V—has led Winchester to throw down his gage most unclerically: &#x...

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