King Henry V Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In the Prologue, what mythical creature does the chorus invoke and what does he hope doing so will accomplish?

In the Prologue, the chorus invokes a muse of fire to inspire the play. The chorus hopes that the muse will make the stage seem like a kingdom, actors will seem like princes, and monarchs will behold the scene.

2. Describe the chorus' attitude toward King Henry.

The chorus has a favorable attitude toward King Henry. He refers to him by the familiar "Harry" and alludes to his prowess as a warrior. The chorus is apologetic that ordinary actors cannot accurately portray the king.

3. Based solely on the chorus' statement in the Prologue, what is the play about and what can the audience expect to experience?

The chorus explains that the play is about war between England and France. The play will feature royal figures such as King Henry and will include battle scenes.

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