Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The play proposes that the qualities that define a good ruler are not necessarily the same qualities that define a good person. Henry is an extraordinarily good leader: He uses any and all resources at his disposal to ensure that he achieves his goals.
Photo by Scott Suchman. Directed by Michael Kahn. It's a family affair. But Richard and Henry V, despite being related, are polar opposites as kings. This has inspired Michael Kahn, artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington to stage the two plays in what is being called the "Leadership Repertory," a fitting conceit for the nation's capital.
Actually, it is a bit of a stretch to find a leadership lesson in Richard -- unless it be "try to avoid a leader with multi-polar disorder. But they use their words for radically different purposes. A Self-Absorbed Ruler Richard inhabits a world of words. He is pathologically narcissistic and subject to violent mood swings.
His life is a performance in which he is both the lead actor and primary audience. The STC production captures this very well with a golden throne under a spotlight in the center of the otherwise bare thrust-stage.
Richard himself is clad in gold with a swirling gold cape in which he poses and preens. Richard is a terrible king. His self-absorption leads him to act with no sense of consequences.
He has one uncle -- Thomas Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester -- killed, and seizes the lands of another -- John of Gaunt -- the moment he dies. He farms out the right to raise taxes to fawning coterie of sycophants with whom he surrounds himself to bolster his self-delusions.
At the same time he lacks the authority of command as when he tries to settle a deadly quarrel between Bolingbroke, his cousin and the son of John of Gaunt who will prove to be Richard's nemesis, and Thomas Mowbray.
His actions are both callous and impolitic and undermine his own royal power as he turns more and more people against him. Retreat into Rhetoric As reality starts to snap at Richard's heels, he retreats into his rhetoric. The play is often seen as an examination of the nature of kingship and it is true that there are characters who consider the crown to be bestowed by God.
The Duke of York, early in the play, says that only God can judge the king, though he later shifts his position and offers support to the usurper Bolingbroke. The Bishop of Carlisle delivers a heartfelt warning of the troubles that will befall a land that overthrows its divinely anointed king.
For Richard though the divine character of kingship is rather a conceit into which he retreats to hide himself from the reality that he created unwittingly and is now undermining his kingship. As theater it is both fascinating and exasperating. Whatever Bolingbroke's ultimate goal -- the crown or simply to recover his father's lands -- he plays his cards close to his chest and never speaks of seeking the crown.
Richard, in effect, talks himself out of his own crown. It is he who puts his deposition on the table in a situation where a political king would be angling to maintain some vestige of power.
And perhaps after all there is a "how not to negotiate" leadership lesson in that.Leadership in Henry V Burden of being a responsible and good King Act 1 Scene 2 - "May I with right and conscience make this claim?" Henry has to make sure that when he wages war against a Christian country, he has a just cause, otherwise he would have sinned.
Shakespeare on Leadership: King Henry V and Charismatic Leadership. Several attempts to bring Shakespeare's Henry V to the screen have been made.
Only the version, starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh has been commercially successful. It is . 75 quotes from Henry V: ‘From this day to the ending of the world,But we in it shall be remembered-We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;For he to.
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