Henry V

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Accents abound among the play’s characters and symbolize Henry V’s diverse vision of England. Though Captain Fluellen, Captain Jamy, and Captain MacMorris all speak English, each man’s English carries the distinctive mark of his homeland. Their Welsh, Scotch, and Irish accents gesture towards their respective English sub-cultures, signaling the rich diversity of England’s population. The fact that each man is a high-ranking captain in Henry V’s army signals, too, that England is tolerant of cultural differences and welcomes people of disparate backgrounds into its most trusted offices. This ideal of tolerance is reiterated in Act 5 when the English Captain Gower admonishes Pistol for making fun of Fluellen’s Welsh traditions and accent. Katherine’s French accent can likewise be seen to signify English diversity and tolerance. As Henry V’s success at Agincourt unites France and England, the French become another sub-culture welcomed into the English melting pot.
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Accents Symbol Timeline in Henry V

The timeline below shows where the symbol Accents appears in Henry V. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 3, Scene 2
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...Fluellen that the Duke of Gloucester requests him at the mines. Fluellen (with a Welsh accent) protests that the mines are “not according to the disciplines of war.” Gower insists, saying... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 4
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...words’ ‘foot’ and ‘gown’ have wicked, lewd sounds, but dutifully pronounces them (with a French accent). Alice praises her. They leave for dinner. (full context)
Act 4, Scene 7
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...Fluellen says ‘Big’ instead of ‘Great,’ which comes out sounding like ‘Pig’ because of Fluellen’s accent. Like Alexander the Great, Fluellen says, Henry is gallant, was born in a town with... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
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...to indulge him and calls the language of men deceitful, repeatedly evading Henry’s proposals (in accented English) and reminding him that the choice is her father’s, not her own. When Henry... (full context)