Henry VI Part 3 Act III

The battle is one and Edward sits on the throne, and yet it is only Act III... What events will unfold that further complicate this endless War? Scene 1 Two hunters prepare to stalk a herd of deer when they see a man coming. This man is the deposed King Henry. He talks to himself … Continue reading Henry VI Part 3 Act III

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Henry VI Part 3 Act II

I'm sure brutally killing Richard of York will have no represcussions for King Henry or the Queen... Scene 1 Edward and Richard are wondering how their father fared in the battle, assuring themselves that he is alive because of how proudly and bravely York walked toward Clifford (they pretty clearly did not see the rest … Continue reading Henry VI Part 3 Act II

Henry VI Part 3: Act 1

Moving is hard and time consuming...how has it been five months since my last post! Anyway, let's see what shenanigans Henry VI gets himself into this time. Then, I can put these plays behind me - for a while at least. Scene 1 The scene opens with York, his allies - Norfolk, Montague, and Warwick, … Continue reading Henry VI Part 3: Act 1

Henry VI, Part 2: Act V

After I rage quit this post last week and then vented about my frustrations with the Henry VI plays, I'm ready to give it a go, if only to get this over with. Bear with me as there is a lot to unpack as the final act kicks off the Wars of the Roses. Scene … Continue reading Henry VI, Part 2: Act V

Henry VI, Part 2: Act IV

Scene 1: After a battle at sea, the captain divides the prisoners and their potential ransom amongst a Master, his mate, and Walter Whitmore. After a brief debate over ransom or death, Walter chooses to execute his prisoner, the Duke of Suffolk. He tells Suffolk his name and Suffolk becomes immediately afraid. The name Walter would … Continue reading Henry VI, Part 2: Act IV

Henry VI, Part 2: Act III

Scene 1: At Parliament, the King questions how Gloucester could be the last one to arrive. The Queen delivers a long speech about howGloucester used to be the perfect example of a devoted noble, but now he's grumpy and jealous of everything the King and Queen have. You may be grumpy too if your wife … Continue reading Henry VI, Part 2: Act III

Henry VI, Part 2: Act II

The fall of Gloucester and a random miracle. Act II Scene 1: The King, Queen, Gloucester, Cardinal Winchester, and Suffolk are out doing falconry. One of the falcons is named Joan. We can't just ignore that reference, but that is the only time the name is mentioned, and so we move on.  They all begin … Continue reading Henry VI, Part 2: Act II

Henry VI, Part 2: Act I

I'm not going to lie...this play was a tough read. I haven't had this much trouble following what was going on in a Shakespeare play in awhile. However, I didn't call this project a challenge for nothing, so I plow ahead. I am going to play with the format again. I need to find something … Continue reading Henry VI, Part 2: Act I

Henry VI, Part One: Act V

One witch gone and a new one on the horizon... Key words, people, and phrases Paramour: mistress Grave: wealthy, sober, dignified Repine: to be mortified, to murmur discontent Periapts: amulets Lordly monarch of the north: Satan  Crest: helmet Wooden: awkward business, not likely to succeed Plighted: to pledge Collop of my flesh: part of a man's flesh Boiling choler: anger … Continue reading Henry VI, Part One: Act V

Henry VI, Part 1: Act IV

Seven short scenes detailing the fall of a great English family...and some quarrelling. Key words, people, and phrases Swain: person of low birth Carping: to cavil, to find fault, to mock Pale: enclosure Espials: spies Succour: aid or auxiliary troops Long: fault Spleen: fire, heat, impetuosity, eagerness Mickle: much, great Boot: profit, advantage Lither: soft, pliant Giglot wench: lewd … Continue reading Henry VI, Part 1: Act IV