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The Lion in Winter Film Summary & Analysis

Anthony Harvey
This Study Guide consists of approximately 23 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Lion in Winter.
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Themes

Corrupting Influence of Power

Power drives Henry's family to do anything in order to become more powerful. As we watch the family interact, we discover that each person is more corrupt than the last. Henry's sons will do anything possible in order to get his crown. John is youthful and foolish, and he and Geoffrey scheme to get the throne. John believes Geoffrey is trying to help him, but in reality, Geoffrey knows that if John succeeds Henry, then Geoffrey can control John.

Richard and Eleanor are both scheming for a place for Richard on the throne. Richard is by far the most capable of the three sons, but he realizes that his father's preference for John will likely keep him from the crown. All three sons try to buy King Philip of France so that he will help persuade their father. Richard is the...

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