Henry V


William Shakespeare

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Henry V: Act 4, Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

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On another part of the battlefield, the French are losing and the Constable, the Duke of Orleans, the Duke of Bourbon, the Dauphin and Rambures bemoan French defeat. They are astounded and miserably ashamed. Bourbon commands everyone out into the field so that they might as least “die in honour.”
Stripped of the cocky self-assurance France flaunted before battle, the Duke of Bourbon tries to motivate French soldiers by other means: if they cannot fight on the strength of their egos, they can fight for their sense of dignity and honor.
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