2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Power in Henry V: The Intentions that Drive King Henry's Leadership
Elodie Hromockyj
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Throughout the play it is easy to question whether Henry V is making decisions based on his honest desire to help the country, or his self-centered attempt to be seen as a great ruler. He becomes a fierce ruler who is blinded by his desire for respect. He recognizes himself as having integrity, but his deeds expose both his hypocrisy and his ruthlessness. Although he leads the people honestly by making intelligent political decisions, Henry V also uses his charm and his words as a crucial weapons of persuasion. Henry V has the qualities of an ideal, thoughtful, and heroic leader, but he is also manipulative and devious, leading the audience to question if his intentions are noble or selfish. This paper will explore the fine line between being a good ruler and a good person; and whether Henry V is a devout hero or self-interested schemer.

Keywords: Shakespeare, Henry V, Power, Perception

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 204-4
Location: MG 1098
Time: 11:45

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