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Join us for Henry V, which is widely enjoyed as Shakespeare’s portrait of a noble, high-spirited and virtuous king. This may be Shakespeare’s presentation of an ideal king for an England that is weary of an aging and childless spinster monarch.
As always, the play will be discussed in terms of its actions, the moral lessons, its Biblical and Cultural references, and Shakespeare’s constant concern with the relations between the Catholic Church and the English state. Techniques of construction and language will be highlighted as possible. Henry V is widely enjoyed as Shakespeare’s portrait of a noble, high-spirited and virtuous king. His flaws are real if few, but he is as effective a warrior as he is a king and wooer of the French Princess. This may be Shakespeare’s presentation of an ideal king for an England weary of an aging spinster monarch.
Class I: View The Catholic Shakespeare bio, embedded on Moodle
Class II: Act I
Class III Act II
Class IV: Act III
Class V: Act IV
Class VI: Act V
Class VII: General Topics
Course materials: Any edition with Act, Scene divisions and line numbers is fine.
Homework: Expect to spend about one and one-half hours per week, outside of class recordings, on reading and notetaking. There will be automated-graded quizzes available for immediate feedback, as well as two exams, one in the middle and one at the end of the course. Please come with thoughts and questions about what you have read.