ENGC10H3 Lecture 20: Lecture 20 Notes

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21 Mar 2012
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Hal still maintains jest/playful nature but it"s adapted to suit his role as king. At the time earl of essex was working on invading ireland. This play puts arguments for/against expansion of nation. More about diversity ethnic lots of accents/dialects there"s still communication. Calls himself harry now, not hal wooing france princess. Last play of second tetrology henry v uses some of the language richard ii use trying to manipulate language for political ends. Play offers answers to some of the questions richard ii asks. Chorus knows stage is inadequate so asks audience to use imagination. History embedded in present day needs present day to make it work. Harry is complex on the stage he is like himself a mere representation: he has to pretend to be king when he"s uncomfortable with it. Canterbury and eli symbols of order at the beginning, it"s almost as if tavern doesn"t exist.

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