King Henry V - Act III Summary & Analysis

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In Act III, Prologue, the Chorus enters. The Chorus calls on the audience to once again use the imagination. This time, the Chorus says the audience should imagine having seen Henry arrive at the pier and board his ship. The audience is also directed to imagine the voyage. Young “ship-boys” climb the rigging and there’s a shrill whistling sound that directs the crew to their duties. There are winds that drive the boat onward. It’s revealed that the French King has offered the hand of his daughter, Katharine, in marriage. Her dowry would include “some petty and unprofitable dukedoms.” But Henry has refused the offer. The Chorus concludes this prologue by urging the audience to “be kind” as they fill in the scenes with their imaginations.

Act III, Scene I, takes place in “France, Before Harfleur. Henry enters with Exeter, Bedford and Gloucester. There are...

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