R415 Fall 2018 Henry V
Mondays, 11:50–1:15, Oct. 22–Nov. 12
Note dates (Nov. 12 is in the makeup week)
With Henry V, Shakespeare creates a character that embodies, as closely as humanly possible, the perfect king. Following poor initial prospects and a long, unorthodox education, Henry V deals masterfully with all of the issues that bedeviled his father: continuing challenges from independent-minded and powerful nobles, lack of legitimization from the clergy, and the desire of the commons for freedom from all constraints of law and morality. The discussion will focus on the qualities of character that enable Henry V to unite the classes and the countries of Great Britain on the domestic front and to regain Britain’s territories and stature abroad.
See R414 for instructor information.