Comparing King Henry V And Branagh's

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Elmer Edgar Stoll describes King Henry V as: “so practical, sportsmanlike, moral and pious; so manly and stalwart, and yet free and easy; so self-assertive and yet modest and generous; so fierce against his enemies and yet merciful towards women and the weak, so serious and yet simple and humorous; and so bluff and downright, and hearty and genuine” (Eastman 211). Through his criticism, he succinctly captures that Henry possesses qualities which contradict each other and therefore, may lend itself to various interpretations of the type of king embodied by the character. This is clearly seen through the clips provided taken from Lawrence Olivier’s 1944 adaptation and Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 adaptation of the play, that is, each adaptation

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