King Henry V Themes & Motifs

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Power and the Throne

As Henry seeks to decide if he has the right to the French throne by asking advice of his officials. There is a lengthy description of why Henry is qualified to hold the throne but the end result is that this official believes Henry does have a right to the throne. The holding of thrones is a natural source of power and Henry is apparently caught up in the power of his position. An interesting aspect of this theme is that Henry’s father battled for the English throne and that fight is the only reason Henry holds the power. As Henry decides whether his claim to the French throne is solid, officials recount his ancestral line back to the French. Liaisons between countries was a common means of increasing or holding onto the power of the throne and this is seen again...

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